Collingwood vice-captain Kelsey Browne will miss the remainder of the 2020 home and away season after suffering a knee injury in the final quarter of Saturday’s match against the Giants.
Browne strained the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, which was reconstructed 12 months ago.
While fears were initially held that another reconstruction might have been necessary, scans last night found the ACL intact.
The 28-year-old has been a key contributor in Collingwood’s midcourt this year, having been selected in the starting seven for all but one game across the season to date.
“Yesterday’s news was bittersweet,” Collingwood’s GM of Women’s Sport, Jane Woodlands-Thompson, said.
“We are relieved to hear Kelsey has avoided the worst but are disappointed to learn she will no longer take the court for the remainder of this condensed season.
“We commend Kelsey for her resilience and continued dedication to the game and our team following a challenging period of rehabilitation.
“She is an incredible leader and although won’t share in what is to come on-court, Kelsey is determined to contribute to the side in any way possible behind the scenes.”
Browne’s replacement in Collingwood’s squad will be determined in the coming week.