Injury blow for two star Colts

                      Written by: Michael Barr                                                      Photo: Kim Johnson

Subiaco Colts Cody Grace and Max Walters are unlikely to play again in 2013 after developing long-term injuries.

Key utility Grace has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back, whilst midfielder Max Walters has been ruled out with a torn quad.

The injuries are significant blows to the Colts stocks, but club physio Kim Manolas believes a successful rehabilitation will help the two players in the long term.

“Grace’s injury is a stress fracture in his lumbar spine. He’s had previous issues with his lower back so we decided to rest him for a couple of games before deciding on a full rehabilitation of the injury.

“It’s important that we caught this issue in the early phase of its development so we can find what’s causing it and successfully treat it. Grace should start rehabilitation within the next three to four weeks which will see him available for a full pre-season in 2014. “

“In regards to the Walters injury, it was initially thought he collected a severe cork against Swan Districts in Round 13, but when the muscle didn’t react to the treatment plan as expected we had the leg scanned to reveal a significant tear in the quadricep.”

“We will decide on the best treatment pathway for the injury this Friday; in regards to whether surgery will be an option or not. We will regulate the rehabilitation to assure Walters returns to football with 100% ability and flexibility.”

Both Colts were in sparkling form before the injury blows, with Grace holding up a half-forward role and Walters leading disposals for the midfield.

Player Development Officer Jeff Lind is looking to the brighter side of the injuries though.

“The time away from football will help the boys come back bigger and better.”

“With Grace a potential U18’s State candidate and Walters an exciting developing midfielder they can now focus on returning to the game fresh and focused.”



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