Tommy Barrett: 'Sean Russell's situation is 'an embarrassment' for Limerick FC

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Tommy Barrett: 'Sean Russell's situation is 'an embarrassment' for Limerick FC

Sean Russell in action for Limerick FC

LIMERICK FC manager Tommy Barrett says it's embarrassing that midfielder Sean Russell had been forced to fundraise in order to pay for a knee operation.

Russell injured his knee earlier this season in a 2-0 win over Athlone Town. 

Limerick supporters brought in €4,150 in a fundraising drive for his first bout of surgery, but a bill of €1,400 from that operation remains unpaid. Russell can't start the next stage of his recovery until that's dealt with.

Posting on social media, Russell said that ‘five months after receiving a career-threatening injury I find myself still waiting on surgery with no help from my club or the FAI.’

Barrett said: “It’s not right. I said that from the start. I have been trying to work with the club, working with LIFT (Limerick Independent Football Trust) who have been brilliant in helping to get the funding as well for the first operation.

“It shouldn’t happen ever in any club. It is a source of embarrassment for me as much as anyone else.

“It should never come to organising a fundraiser, but I will help out as much as I can with it.”

A go fund me page has been set up in order to help raise the funds to pay for Sean Russell's medical expenses. See link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/sean-russell-medical-costs?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet