Collingwood fans have been left absolutely devastated after Dan McStay was all but ruled out for the season after a suffering a ruptured ACL in training. Fans were left devastated for McStay ahead of the AFL grand final last year when he missed out on the showdown after straining his MCL in the preliminary final.
And in more devastating news for the tall-man, McStay will miss between 10-12 months having suffered an ACL injury in training. The club confirmed the brutal news in a club statement.
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"This is unfortunate news for Dan who is likely to miss the 2024 season,” Executive general manager of football Graham Wright said in a club statement. “Dan sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury during today’s training session.
"He had returned to training this week after recovering from a medial ligament injury sustained in our Preliminary Final last season. We are all extremely disappointed for Dan, and our entire Club will rally around him during this difficult time and throughout his rehab journey.”
Collingwood fans were left in general disbelief at the announcement. McStay joined from the Lions in 2023, but the MCL ruled him out till the end of November from training. The AFL world was quick to rally around the 27-year-old after the devastating setback.
Absolutely devastating, wishing him all the best in his recovery 🖤🤍🙏
— JAKE FLAGPIES23 🏆🖤🤍 (@IncrediblyBozza) December 1, 2023
Shattering news with Dan McStay likely to miss all of the 2024 season with the club confirming that he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during today’s training session. pic.twitter.com/X2mBHyWm6T
— PiesNation (@PiesNation) December 1, 2023
Ohhhh noooooo!!! I was watching his marking in the Prelim just today and looking forward to his presence and height in the forward line. That is terrible luck. Best wishes for a full recovery Dan!
— Adsy23 🖤🤍🖤🤍🏆 (@Adsy01) December 1, 2023
dan mcstay news absolutely suckss💔
— josh daicos supremacy🏆 (@grundyisbae) December 1, 2023
Dan McStay missed grand final medal
McStay was the heartbreak story leading into the 2023 grand final after injuring his right knee in the preliminary-final win over GWS. His two goals in the preliminary final proved crucial as Collingwood secured a one-point win. McStay had booted 20.7 across 14 games in 2023, but given the knee MCL injury needed a rehabilitation time of about eight weeks he was no chance of featuring in the grand final.
McStay was also then left wtih the brutal news he wouldn't get a medal for Collingwood's 2023 grand final because he missed the game. Taylor Adams and John Noble were in tears after full-time having missing the grand final through injury and selection respectively.
Under AFL rules, only the 22 (or 23 if a sub is used) players who featured in the grand final receive a premiership medal. It marks a cruel twist for Adams, McStay and Noble, who played the majority of Collingwood's games this season.
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