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Fundraiser for footballer who lost leg

A charity football match is to be held for a Londonderry man who had a leg amputated after he suffered a freak accident.

Gareth McCay (27) tripped on the stairs of the house he shared with his girlfriend and suffered a broken leg and spinal injuries.

Unable to move and with his girlfriend away for the weekend, the popular local footballer lay overnight at the bottom of the stairs before being able to summon help.

Due to complications Mr McCay, who played for Abercorn in the Derry & District league, had to have his leg amputated after nearly three months in Musgrave Hospital in Belfast.

Now his family and friends are rallying round to raise money for Mr McCay — who is still very ill — to help him when he gets out of hospital.

‘The Friends of Gareth McCay' have already organised a run and walk in association with Autism NI that saw £9,000 raised by 300 participants and now a football match will take place this Thursday between Mr McCay's team Abercorn and Institute at the Riverside Stadium in Drumahoe.

Gates open at 6.30pm and kick-off is at 7.30pm.

One of Gareth's friends Ronan Kelly said: “The problem was that it was such a bad break and there was no immediate treatment to hand so he's had to have his left leg amputated.

“He's having to undergo daily rehab and physiotherapy.

“He's not able to feed himself and he is so weak his muscles are non-existent.

“We're trying to raise funds for a wheelchair and to do work on the house so that when he comes out he'll be able to get around.”

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