AFLW Injury News: Four Blues Not Available

CARLTON forward Phoebe McWilliams will not be available for the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in her foot.

McWilliams sustained the injury during the second quarter of the Round 4 match against Fremantle and did not return.

She underwent scans when she returned to Melbourne, which confirmed the extent of the injury, which left her out for the rest of the year.

Scans have also confirmed that Blues forward Darcy Vescio suffered a broken finger on Saturday.

Vescio has consulted a specialist and is due to have surgery tomorrow. At this stage, the 29-year-old is expected to miss just one game.

Amelia Velardo and Paige Trudgeon will also join McWilliams and Vescio on the sidelines after they both suffered concussions during the trip to Perth – the pair entered the mandatory 12-day AFLW concussion protocols.

Carlton Head of Women’s Football Brett Munro said the group’s collective mentality to tackle whatever comes its way would come in handy.

“Phoebe was just starting to feel comfortable and showed more freedom in her game, so we are very disappointed that her season has been cut short,” Munro said.

“We will work with Phoebe to determine the next steps in her recovery: she will join Mia Austin and Maddy Guerin in our long-term rehabilitation group and have the full support of the program behind her.

“Darcy reported pain in their finger after the match, which was determined to break down after receiving scans on Monday. Surgery is required, but we hope they will miss that one week.

“Amelia and Paige will both be adhering to the concussion protocols so they will not be available for round 5, we will be assessing their availability further next week.

“Seasons often present challenges, but we have players across our squad who are hungry for opportunity, which gives its own kind of energy to the week.

“We walked away from the journey in Perth with some injuries, but as we showed on the day, this team adapts when needed and we will continue to do so. This group has been working hard lately to build its resilience and what better way to show that than now.”

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