AFL 2024: Christian Petracca suffered punctured lung after heavy MCG collision

Melbourne superstar Christian Petracca remains in hospital with a punctured lung and lacerated spleen suffered in a heavy collision during his side’s King’s Birthday loss to Collingwood on Monday.

Petracca took a knee to the ribs from Magpie captain Darcy Moore just before the quarter-time siren and was sent to the rooms for assessment at the break.

He returned to the pitch and played 20 minutes but was substituted early in the third quarter and sent by ambulance to hospital for scans, with manager Simon Goodwin hoping his star midfielder had only suffered cracked ribs.

But the 28-year-old remained in hospital for further observation on Monday night and it was revealed the serious injuries he suffered could keep him out for a long time.

Petracca reportedly has four broken ribs, lacerations to her spleen and a small puncture wound to her lung.

After the game, Goodwin defended the club’s medical staff’s decision to return Petracca to the ground.

“As with any broken rib or cracked rib, you definitely get some relief from the pain and see how you can move on. It’s standard procedure when you work with these types of injuries,” he said after the game on Monday.

“It was pretty obvious he wasn’t going to be able to play on, so we just did it straight away at half-time.”

One of the latest AFL players to suffer a ruptured spleen, Collingwood’s Mason Cox, spent six weeks on the sidelines, which could be a similar timeframe to face Petracca, arguably Melbourne’s second most important player behind captain Max Gawn.

Melbourne dropped to 10th after the loss to the Magpies and have a bye this weekend ahead of a clash with North Melbourne on June 22 and a crucial clash with Brisbane at the Gabba.

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