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SYMES’ CAREER IN DOUBT

 

By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
Central District co-captain Brad Symes will weigh up whether to continue his career after suffering a bout of severe concussion on Saturday.
The former Crow spent Saturday night in hospital after being on the end of a heavy hit from Eagles forward Adam Grocke at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval.
The 29-year-old has since returned home and has been cleared of any facial fractures but whether he dons the Bulldogs guernsey again remains in doubt.
‘’There are no breaks albeit he has got a very, very sore jaw,’’ Central District chief executive Kris Grant said.
‘’The concussion was pretty severe, he spent the night in hospital before coming home yesterday.’’ 
Symes’ history of concussion – he missed last year’s Elimination Final after clashing heads with Sturt’s Ben Kane in Round 23 – will play a major role in his decision-making process.
‘’I’m not quite sure where he is going to sit with his career now but I would suggest it would be in doubt,’’ Grant said.
‘’It would be devastating for him to go out in this manner but that decision hasn’t been made, we’ve got to speak with him. As a footy club, we are very concerned. I think he is sensible enough to make his own decision but we also might sit down with our medical staff and discuss it all.’’
Woodville-West Torrens forward Andrew Ainger will have his concussion and shoulder injury assessed in the next 24 hours after clashing with Bulldog Tom Collier in the first term on Saturday.
The West End State forward was sporting a sling as a precautionary measure on Saturday night but may only miss one match depending on his diagnosis.
‘’It is only a minor shoulder injury so we don’t expect Andrew to require surgery at this stage,’’ Eagles football manager Trent Hentschel said.

By ZAC MILBANK (SANFL) | Twitter @zacmilbank

Central District co-captain Brad Symes will weigh up whether to continue his career after suffering a bout of severe concussion on Saturday.

The former Crow spent Saturday night in hospital after being on the end of a heavy hit from Eagles forward Adam Grocke at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval.

The 29-year-old has since returned home and has been cleared of any facial fractures but whether he dons the Bulldogs guernsey again remains in doubt.

‘’There are no breaks albeit he has got a very, very sore jaw,’’ Central District chief executive Kris Grant said.

‘’The concussion was pretty severe, he spent the night in hospital before coming home yesterday.’’ 

Symes’ history of concussion – he missed last year’s Elimination Final after clashing heads with Sturt’s Ben Kane in Round 23 – will play a major role in his decision-making process.

‘’I’m not quite sure where he is going to sit with his career now but I would suggest it would be in doubt,’’ Grant said.

‘’It would be devastating for him to go out in this manner but that decision hasn’t been made, we’ve got to speak with him. As a footy club, we are very concerned. I think he is sensible enough to make his own decision but we also might sit down with our medical staff and discuss it all.’’

Woodville-West Torrens forward Andrew Ainger will have his concussion and shoulder injury assessed in the next 24 hours after clashing with Bulldog Tom Collier in the first term on Saturday.

The West End State forward was sporting a sling as a precautionary measure on Saturday night but may only miss one match depending on his diagnosis.

‘’It is only a minor shoulder injury so we don’t expect Andrew to require surgery at this stage,’’ Eagles football manager Trent Hentschel said.

 

To see The Recovery Session Round 1 highlights video including Saturday's Symes incident click here (Centrals match highlights start at the 13min 55sec mark)

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