Collingwood co-captain Brianna Davey will miss the remainder of the 2022 AFLW season with scans today confirmed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and tear in her medial collateral ligament (MCL) in her right knee.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury late in the fourth term of yesterday’s 19-point victory over Carlton at Ikon Park.
Davey will undergo her second ACL surgery on the same knee having first injured it in 2018.
The midfielder capped off a career high campaign in 2021 being awarded the joint winner of the AFLW’s Best and Fairest medal. Davey also claimed the club’s best and fairest medal and was named captain of the All-Australian side.
Collingwood’s Head of Women’s Football, Jess Burger, says the entire program is devastated for Davey.
“We are all heartbroken for Bri,” Burger said.
“It’s very hard to see our captain go down with such a cruel injury, let alone someone who is at the top of their game. There is no doubt her injury has been felt not just within our team, but across the entire AFLW community.
“Bri is an incredibly strong, hard-working athlete, she is fiercely determined and cares deeply for her teammates. These attributes will give her great confidence to overcome the upcoming challenge she faces.
“She’s recovered from this injury before and knows what it takes to get herself back to being regarded as one of the competition’s best.
“Once the rawness and reality of the injury sets in, we have no doubt she’ll commence her rehabilitation in the pursuit of reclaiming her on-field best.
“Bri will continue to play a key role in leading this team from the sidelines this season and our entire program will wrap our arms around her during this difficult time.”
Davey will consult with her surgeon later this week.