Geelong midfielder Jack Steven is in hospital after being injured in an incident on Saturday night, the club has confirmed.
“Jack is in hospital and recovering. The club's concern is for Jack's health and well being,” a Geelong statement read.
“The matter has been referred to police and until their investigations are completed the club will not be in position to offer further comment.”
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Leading AFL journo Damien Barrett elaborated on the incident on the Sunday Footy Show, saying Steven had a chest wound from a ‘sharp instrument’.
“Jack Steven presented himself to hospital at 1am this morning (Sunday) in Melbourne,” Barrett said.
“He did so on the back of receiving a wound to his chest region which we believe was inflicted by a sharp instrument.
“The club is aware of it, the police are investigating.”
— Footy on Nine (@FootyonNine) May 17, 2020
Reports suggest Jack Steven was ‘stabbed’
Jon Ralph of the Herald Sun said Steven had been “stabbed”.
“Scant detail but the Cats believe Jack Steven has a chest wound after being stabbed,” Ralph tweeted.
“Horrific incident and club still trying to piece together the circumstances.”
Scant detail but the Cats believe Jack Steven has a chest wound after being stabbed. Horrific incident and club still trying to piece together the circumstances https://t.co/xuNYfS8txc
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) May 17, 2020
The 30-year-old was traded to the Cats last October after a decorated 183-game career with St Kilda, where he won four best-and-fairest awards.
Steven didn't play in Geelong's round one loss against GWS in March before the AFL season was suspended.
Geelong premiership hero Cameron Ling reacted with shock to the news.
“At his best he is a wonderful footballer and he came to the Cats looking for a change of scenery to reinvigorate his love of the game,” Ling said on ABC Radio.
“He has battled mental health issues and worked through those and loved being at the beach and close to the coastal lifestyle and all reports from the club were he was training hard through the summer until the season stopped because of coronavirus.
“He was excited about what the season held for him.
“We don’t know many details other than that footy is the furthest thing from his mind and his family’s mind. All it is will be his health and wellbeing and recovering from this.”