AFLW: Young Cat to require second knee reconstruction

Geelong star Nina Morrison has been dealt another cruel blow, having ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in as many seasons.

Morrison was taken by stretcher from the ground on Friday night after her knee buckled when she was tackled while attempting to kick in the third quarter of the Cats' 46-point loss to North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium.



The Cats immediately feared the worst and scans on Saturday confirmed Morrison had ruptured the ACL graft in her right knee, the same knee as last season.

"The club’s AFLW medical team will work to determine Morrison’s surgery and rehabilitation plan in the coming days," the Cats said in a statement.

The 2018 No.1 pick has become the 14th AFLW player to have suffered a serious knee injury in a season only into its sixth round.

Morrison managed only one match last season, having torn her ACL at training leading into round two.

Geelong coach Paul Hood said the Cats were devastated for Morrison.

"We are all gutted. I feel so sad for Nina. Footy can be a brutal game and we know that we have to pick ourselves up, stay a united group and get ready to prepare for the next game but … the group is really determined to stay tight, we have a lot of wonderful people here, wonderful players who are so united and look after each other," he said.

"We will wrap our arms around Nina, wrap our arms around her family and do our very best to help her come back bigger and better than ever."

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