Davey avoids serious injury but is in doubt for grudge match

“We will assess Bri through the week in rehab and on the training track and look to make a call on her playing the Carlton match at training on Friday,” Collingwood AFLW physical performance manager Chris Howley said.

Meanwhile, injury-riddled North Melbourne youngster Daria Bannister is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday after fracturing her left clavicle in her side’s loss to Melbourne on Sunday.

Daria Bannister leaves the field injured. Credit:Getty Images

North’s AFLW football chief Matt Bolitho said the club remained hopeful Bannister could still feature later in the season.

“We expect Daria to be ready to return to training in three weeks, but will be taking a cautious approach,” Bolitho said on the club’s website.

“It’s bitterly disappointing for her after coming off injury last year, but she is extremely resilient and will play a vital role for us later in the season.”

St Kilda were yet to provide an update on utility Nadia Von Bertouch, who it was feared had torn her ACL during the loss to the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

Fremantle’s Stephanie Cain also suffered a suspected ACL tear in her side’s win over Geelong.

Knee injuries remain a huge issue in AFLW, with female players at considerably greater risk of tearing their ACLs than their male counterparts – as is the case in other sports.

The AFL confirmed to The Age on Monday that the league was in regular contact with clubs to ensure AFLW’s semi-professional playing stocks were being prepared as well as possible to mitigate the risk of serious knee injuries.

“The AFL conducts regular meetings with club AFLW high-performance staff. It is an opportunity to share learnings in a whole industry approach, with topics such as best practise training programs for female footballers and ACL injury prevention and rehabilitation programming,” a league spokesperson said.

Gold Coast’s Lauren Bella, Dogs gun Hannah Scott and St Kilda’s Tilly Lucas-Rodd have all been reprimanded for incidents over the weekend.

Four players – Dogs skipper Ellie Blackburn, Melbourne’s Kate Hore, Magpie Jaimee Lambert and Carlton young gun Madison Prespakis – polled the maximum 10 votes in the AFL Coaches Association’s AFLW champion player of the year voting for round one.

Round two opens on Friday night with the Dogs hosting the Dees at Whitten Oval.

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