AFLW debutant Kate Sheahan said her career was likely to be over after getting injured in her first game for Collingwood.
The 35-year-old was on the field for one minute in a Saturday match against Western Bulldogs when her left leg buckled, resulting in serious knee injury.
It was a heart-breaking moment earlier tonight when Kate Sheahan suffered an injury during her debut match. Feeling for you Kate! pic.twitter.com/fM4WAurj1x
— AFL Women's (@aflwomens) February 25, 2017
Sheahan, daughter of AFL journalist Mike Sheahan, said while her chance of playing again next season is slim, she would do it again. “I’d break a leg and do everything else just to get that game,” Sheahan told SEN Radio on Monday. “The reality is, I’m 35 and I’m clearly injury prone. Who is going to take me?”
This was our dream Dad and we did it. It's didn't finish perfectly, but I made you proud and that's all that matters ❤ pic.twitter.com/7sPGLf3bns
— Kate Sheahan (@KateSheahan1) February 25, 2017
On Monday, Collingwood confirmed that Sheahan had a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and damage to the medial ligament in her left knee, and would not play for the remainder of the season.
“The team is devastated that Kate won’t be playing for the remainder of the season,” said Women’s Football Operations Manager, Meg Hutchins.
“I can’t speak more highly of Kate for her professionalism and approach to her training since arriving at the club and we’ll continue to support her during her recovery.”