Former Mayo footballer Cora Staunton has suffered a horrific double leg break while playing for UNSW-ES Bulldogs against Macquarie University.
Her AFLW club, GWS Giants, confirmed the news on Saturday.
“The GIANTS can confirm that AFLW forward Cora Staunton has broken her leg while playing in the AFL Sydney Premier Division Women’s competition on Saturday.
“The Irish import was playing for UNSW-ES Bulldogs when she was injured in a tackle midway through the third quarter of their clash with Macquarie University.
“Initial scans have confirmed that the Gaelic Football legend has broken both the tibia and fibula bones in her right leg.
“Staunton – who recently signed a new contract to play with the GIANTS in the 2020 AFLW season – will have more tests to establish the full extent of the damage.
“The GIANTS’ medical staff is working closely with Staunton with surgery expected in the coming days.
“Staunton has been a mainstay of the GIANTS’ AFLW line-up over the past two seasons, kicking 11 goals in 14 games.”
The four-time All Ireland winner announced earlier this year that her Mayo career is over after 24 seasons in the green and red jersey.
She recently signed a new contract with the Giants for the 2020 AFLW season.