NINA Morrison is facing the prospect of another 12 months on the sidelines after suffering a suspected ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in Geelong’s AFLW 46-point loss to North Melbourne.
The 19-year-old was in obvious distress after her knee buckled in a tackle early in the third quarter of Friday night’s match at GMHBA Stadium.
It’s the same knee she had reconstructed in early 2019.
“All the signs point that way (to an ACL), we will do the scans in the next few days and have our fingers crossed, but the signs aren’t looking great at the moment,” coach Paul Hood said post-match.
“We are all gutted. I feel so sad for Nina. Footy can be a brutal game, and we know that we have to pick ourselves up, stay a united group and get ready to prepare for the next game but it’s going to take a little bit of time at the moment.
“The group is really determined to stay tight. We have a lot of wonderful people here, wonderful players who are so united and look after each other.
“We will wrap our arms around Nina, wrap our arms around her family and do our very best to help her come back bigger and better than ever.”
Morrison wasn’t the only injury concern for the Cats.
Jordan Ivey, who was returning from a one-week suspension, suffered an ankle injury in the last quarter.
However, the Cats expect her to be right to take on the GWS Giants in Sydney next Saturday night.