Adelaide defender Nikki Gore will miss the remainder of the AFLW season after breaking her left ankle in the opening minutes of the Crows’ 70-point demolition of Gold Coast on Saturday.
Gore had to be helped from Norwood Oval only two minutes into the match after landing awkwardly on her ankle following an aerial contest across halfback.
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The 20-year-old underwent surgery on Sunday to repair the break and the club’s head of women’s football, Phil Harper, said Gore would be sidelined for the rest of the season.
“Scans post-match revealed the break and it was decided that surgery was the best course of action to get Nikki back on her feet,” he said.
Nikki Gore is helped from the ground at Norwood Oval. Picture: James Elsby/AFL PHOTOS/GettySource:Getty Images
“Unfortunately, that means we won’t see her out there again this year, which is really disappointing because Nikki has had a terrific year playing down back for the first time.
“The club will rally around Nikki and she will still be a massive part of our team in the lead up to finals.”
Gore was Adelaide’s No. 1 draft pick in 2018 and after playing only one game in 2019, she has played every possible Crows game since.
This season has been a standout in her three-year AFLW career, where she’s reinvented herself as a small defender, away from her more traditional midfield role.
Until Saturday’s game, in 2021 she’s averaged a career-high 8.3 disposals and 3.6 tackles, as well as 2.6 marks.
There are three games remaining before the finals series start, with the Crows heading to Casey Fields to face Melbourne on Saturday evening.
Hannah Button suffered a dislocated shoulder. Picture: James Elsby/AFL Photos/GettySource:Getty Images
In better news for Adelaide, midfielder Hannah Button is a possibility to face the Demons on Saturday, despite dislocating her shoulder against the Suns.
Club medical staff said her shoulder went back into place cleanly and the 2019 premiership player had pulled up well after the game.
Button, who has enjoyed a successful return from a torn ACL, is racing the clock to be fit for Saturday’s fixture.
Adelaide is currently sitting fourth on the ladder with five wins and one loss. The top six teams will go through to finals.
Originally published asDevastating blow: Star Crow out for season
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