Brid Stack has been released from hospital after suffering a worrying neck injury while making her debut for the GWS Giants on Sunday in a practice match against the Adelaide Crows.
After a collision with Ebony Marinoff, who will now face a disciplinary tribunal following a review of the incident, Stack received precautionary spinal control treatment. Subsequent scans showed a stable fracture of the C7 vertebrae, with a statement from the Giants confirming no injury to the surrounding nerves and that surgery will not be required.
The 11-time All-Ireland winner with Cork is expected to make a full recovery after being released from hospital early Monday (Irish time) to re-join the Stacks squad.
Bríd Stack has been released from hospital but is set to be sidelined following an incident in a tackle during yesterday's practice match.— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) January 18, 2021
Stack, the 2016 Footballer of the Year, made the trip to Australia with her husband Carthach and one-year-old son. The Giants Head of Women's Football, Bri Harvey promised they would have the club's full support.
"This was an incredibly unfortunate accident and we're thankful that Bríd has avoided serious injury," said Harvey.
"Bríd and her family have made incredible sacrifices to come to Australia to play in the AFL Women’s competition and we will be supporting them all the way through her recovery.
"We’d like to thank all those who provided Bríd with the best possible care both at the ground and in hospital across Sunday."