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Petracca in hospital with appendicitis; Collingwood’s heavy injury cost from prime-time defeat

Melbourne star Christian Petracca’s recent run of bad luck has continued with the 28-year-old admitted to hospital on Saturday night with appendicitis.

The Demons confirmed the illness but said it was unrelated to the spleen and lung injury he suffered on King’s Birthday after suffering broken ribs when he was hurt in a marking contest.

Petracca was being monitored with surgery possible but was in good spirits with his girlfriend Bella Beischer posting a photo on social media of Petracca on a hospital bed with a caption ‘still smiling’.

The Demons’ midfielder is sidelined for the rest of the season due to the lacerated spleen, punctured lung and four broken ribs that left him requiring surgery in what he described as a traumatic time.

Melbourne were criticised for allowing him back on the field in the second quarter after he suffered the injury just before quarter time when he was in obvious pain. He was subbed off at half-time.

The Demons play West Coast on Sunday at the MCG.

Collingwood’s injury cost from prime-time loss to Bombers

Collingwood forward Brody Mihocek will have surgery after scans confirmed he had a torn pectoral muscle, however the Magpies have not ruled him out of returning for the finals if the side qualifies.

The injury occurred late in Friday night’s loss against Essendon, with the 31-year-old eventually forced from the ground.

His absence is a massive blow for the injury hit Magpies, with Mihocek Collingwood’s leading goalkicker for the past five seasons. He has kicked 19 goals in 11 games this season after kicking 47 and 41 in the previous two campaigns under coach Craig McRae, who spoke about the nature of Mihocek’s injury in his post-match press conference. Collingwood are already struggling without experienced forwards Jamie Elliott, Mason Cox and Beau McCreery, who are all injured with little continuity in the forward mix this season.

Dan McStay is a chance to return from a knee reconstruction within the next fortnight with McRae not ruling out the prospect that he could immediately return to the AFL, rather than go back through the VFL. Ash Johnson and Reef McInnes are playing against Frankston in the VFL on Sunday.

Collingwood football manager Brendon Bolton said Mihocek would have surgery this coming week.

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