Lucy Staniforth endured a cruel injury blow in the FA Women’s Cup final on Sunday, as her Bristol Academy side went down 3-0 to Arsenal Ladies.
The talented midfielder, 20, was carried off with a serious injury to her left knee just after the hour mark.
The game, played at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium, was stopped after Staniforth, a former pupil at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School, fell to the floor in agony having seemingly caught her studs in the turf. She was treated on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher.
The England U23 international watched the rest of the match from the sidelines with her leg in a brace and collected her losers’ medal on crutches.
Goals from Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Ellen White secured Arsenal’s 12th cup-final win.
Staniforth played in Sunderland Women’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal in 2009.