Matty Fryatt is bringing a claim against his former club Nottingham Forest FC for mismanaging his injury which resulted in his career ending prematurely.

Mr Fryatt alleges the club was negligent in treating an Achilles problem he suffered during the 2014-15 season and is seeking substantial compensation.

Mr Fryatt, now aged 34, suffered an innocuous injury in a game against Birmingham in November 2014. He recalls he was then forced to play and train until March 2015 – despite being in pain. He claims he was advised to train barefoot by Forest’s medical team and alleged that holes had to be cut in his boot to ease the pain.

Mr Fryatt recently told his side of the story, explaining that he felt he hadn’t been cared for by Forest, and that his mental health had been affected by the ordeal. He commented:

“There was no care. You were an object. I was put under pressure to play and forcing me to play caused the damage which ended my career.

“I was 28 when this happened and my children won’t be able to see me play. When they watch the clips it’s raw and it feels unjust I can’t do it any more.”

Associate and Sports Disputes Lawyer Barrington Atkins, who specialises in Sports-related Litigation in our Clinical Negligence team, representing Mr Fryatt commented:

“It will ultimately be for the court to decide whether the treatment of Mr Fryatt was negligent. We hope his case will contribute to the increasing focus on player safety, player welfare, and the duty of care owed by football clubs to their players.”

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