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Erin Phillips cleared of serious knee injury


Adelaide's Erin Phillips appears to injure her knee during the AFLW match between the GWS Giants and Adelaide Crows at Henson Park, Sydney. Photo by Phil Hillyard (**NO ON SALES** ©Phil Hillyard)
Adelaide’s Erin Phillips appears to injure her knee during the AFLW match between the GWS Giants and Adelaide Crows at Henson Park, Sydney. Photo by Phil Hillyard (**NO ON SALES** ©Phil Hillyard)

Erin Phillips has avoided a serious knee injury in a big boost for Adelaide.

But when she returns for the Crows is unknown despite her avoiding an ACL tear.

The star Crow came off the ground in the final quarter of Adelaide’s convincing win over GWS.

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She landed awkwardly in a marking contest and after handballing the ball to a teammate she left the field and did not return.

Phillips has suffered two ACL ruptures, one while playing basketball and the other in the 2019 Grand Final for the Crows.

Erin Phillips has avoided a serious knee injury. Picture: Getty Images
Erin Phillips has avoided a serious knee injury. Picture: Getty Images

But scans on Sunday revealed that the 36-year-old had only suffered a sprain in her left knee.

Crows Women’s Head of Football Phil Harper said the club was relieved that the injury wasn’t as bad as initially feared.

“Erin is a professional in every sense of the word and will give herself every chance to come back as quickly as possible,” Harper said.

“We’ll monitor her progress in the coming days before determining a return to play date.”

The Crows, who are top of the ladder by percentage, have three home and away games to play in the AFLW.

They take on Fremantle in a battle of first against second next week, with Phillips extremely unlikely to play despite the good news.

Phillips had 14 disposals before she had to leave the field.

The former Australian basketballer has averaged just over 17 disposals this season for the Crows.

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Simeon Thomas-Wilson is a sports reporter for The Advertiser who covers a range of sports but predominantly Australian football. Before that he was city editor and an urban affairs reporter for The Advertiser, … Read more

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