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AFL news 2021 | Brodie Grundy injured in horror Collingwood loss to Geelong

Collingwood’s horror season has gone from bad to worse, with superstar ruckman Brodie Grundy suffering what appears to be a neck injury.

Grundy was subbed out of the match against Geelong late in the third quarter, after going down following a marking contest at the MCG.

The Cats won by 10 points, 8.13 (61) to 6.15 (51), but all the focus was on the Magpies star.

Grundy landed on his right forearm after the challenge from Geelong’s Rhys Stanley, with the 27-year-old unable to carry on. Replays showed Grundy’s head jerked back after what seemed to be accidental contact from Stanley.

The All-Australian was immediately taken out of the match.

He was taken to the Epworth Hospital for precautionary scans on his neck, although the club says he’s “doing OK”.

“It looked as if he had referred pain down the arm,” said three-time premiership player Jonathan Brown on Fox Footy.

“I thought he may have hurt his AC joint or maybe his shoulder, the way it jammed down, but it is a neck injury, so hopefully that will be OK.”

Concerningly for Grundy, it’s not the first time he’s suffered a neck injury. In 2015 he spent two weeks in a neck brace after a training injury.

“Brodie had his head wrenched back and pinched a nerve in his neck,” coach Nathan Buckley said.

“It presented as a stinger down his right arm, but the doctor was concerned about nerve damage.

“He’s at hospital having a scan. Not being able to complete the game was a concern.”

In a nightmare afternoon for the Magpies, they kicked just one goal in the opening three quarters of the match. At one point they had a single six-pointer and a whopping 14 behinds.

They rallied in the final quarter but they’d given Geelong too much of a head start, as the Magpies slumped to their ninth loss in 11 matches.

It was the first time in 116 years that Collingwood failed to kick a goal in the first half at the MCG, and the final margin of 10 points flattered the Magpies, with the Cats doing enough to win and no more.

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