© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedManchester United Women manager Charlotte Kerr
A Charlton Athletic Women's footballer who was rushed to hospital with a serious injury - leading to Sunday's match with Manchester United Women being abandoned after just 11 minutes - suffered 'badly bruised ribs and sternum', the club has said.
Charlton however revealed Charlotte Kerr has now left hospital and is recovering at home.
The club said a combination of on-field support from their own medical staff, Manchester United staff, doctors and ambulance staff helped prevent 'a serious incident from becoming a lot worse'.
The game at Oakwood in south east London was called off after the injury forced play to stop for more than half an hour. © Credits: Charlton Women
Manchester United midfielder Charlie Devlin had put Casey Stoney's side 1-0 up in the 11th minute and it was following the goal that Charlton defender Kerr was injured in a collision with her own goalkeeper, Katie Startup.
Kerr was on the ground for half an hour receiving treatment from the medical teams of both clubs before an ambulance finally arrived.
Both teams went back to their dressing rooms as treatment continued and a decision was then made to call the game off.
In an update statement issued on Monday, Charlton Athletic thanked all at Manchester United.
The club said: "Yesterday's Charlton Athletic Women's fixture against Manchester United Women was abandoned after a collision left Charlotte Kerr requiring serious medical attention.
"Kerr was transferred to a local hospital by ambulance.
"After the results of a scan Charlotte has now left hospital. She has been left with badly bruised ribs and sternum. She will now be treated by the Charlton Athletic Women's medical team who will assist her recovery.
"The Charlton Athletic Women's team club doctor, medical teams from Charlton Athletic Women, Manchester United Women and the ambulance service were able to prevent a serious incident from becoming a lot worse and the club would like to thank everyone who assisted. © Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedFormer England international Casey Stoney will manage Manchester United Women's team.
"We would also like to thank all the individuals across the footballing community that have sent their best wishes to Charlotte."
A delay in getting an ambulance to the ground caused debate among supporters who asked why there was not one already stationed at the ground.
Rules stipulate for men's games that there must be an ambulance present at all game but there are no similar rules for the women's game.
Manchester City complained to The FA in 2017 after their forward Pauline Bremer had to wait an hour for an ambulance having broken her leg against Everton.
United went into the game top of the Women's Championship in their maiden campaign having formed a professional side for the first time in the summer.
They sit one point ahead of Tottenham in second place after 11 games played.
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