Kyabram's Luke Morris has returned home and is expected to make a full recovery after breaking a bone in his neck during Sunday's Goulburn Valley Football League match between the Bombers and Tatura.HANNAH DRISCOLL April 9, 2014 3:05am
Kyabram’s horror run of injuries early in the year continued with Wilf Cox medallist Luke Morris sustaining a serious neck injury after a fall during Sunday’s season opener.
Morris landed heavily after a ruck contest during the round-one Goulburn Valley Football League clash against Tatura. It was among a spate of neck injuries in country football at the weekend, but Morris’ outlook is positive.
Specialists at The Alfred hospital confirmed Morris has a broken bone in his neck (fractured C7), but he is expected to make a full recovery and he returned to Kyabram last night with parents Don and Vonnie.
Vonnie said it was a ‘‘stable break’’, which was good news and it was expected he would make a full recovery.
Morris has been put in a neck brace for three months and Vonnie said he was both lucky and unlucky, but they were just relieved to be on their way home knowing Luke would make a full recovery.
Former Echuca footballer James McQuillan suffered a spinal injury while playing for Albury in an Ovens and Murray Football League clash with Yarrawonga on Saturday, while Heathcote coach Grant Ford hurt his neck during the Heathcote District Football League match against Elmore.
Ford was taken to hospital, but released on Sunday, while McQuillan was flown to Melbourne’s Austin Hospital.
Those incidents came on the back of Newcastle Knights’ Alex McKinnon sustaining serious neck injuries in the round-three NRL match against Melbourne.
The reigning premiers, the Bombers lost centre half-forward Nathan Beck to a season-ending knee injury during a practice match against Pascoe Vale on March 15.
Kyabram club president John Bacon believed there was no malicious intent behind Morris’ fall and it was an accident.
He said Morris was not distressed and not complaining about the neck after the fall, and it was not until he later underwent scans the neck fracture was found.
‘‘I think anyone who plays the sport realises there’s enough injuries going around to realise it’s a contact sport and you take the risk I suppose and people have for generations,’’ Bacon said.
‘‘There’s probably a little less that goes on these days because of less bumping and things like that, they play a more open game of football now than they used to.
‘‘But obviously this is one of those freaky things where he jumped up high and someone underneath took his feet out from under him and he went backwards.’’
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