Adelaide’s AFLW premiership defence has suffered a massive blow, with co-captain Chelsea Randall to miss the entire 2020 season after suffering a serious knee injury at the club’s first pre-season training session.
Randall’s right knee gave way while changing direction during a drill on Monday night and scans have confirmed she suffered a torn ACL requiring surgery.
“We will make sure Chelsea has the best medical and rehabilitation support available so that she can be fit for the 2021 AFLW season,” Crows general manager of football administration Phil Harper said.
Devastating news for our co-captain Chelsea Randall, who will miss the 2020 season with a knee injury 💔 We’re right behind you, Chels! 👊 https://t.co/U8W7dlZfAF #weflyasone #crowsaflw pic.twitter.com/uoHLla5Goz
— Adelaide Crows AFLW (@CrowsAFLW) November 26, 2019
The 2019 AFLW Premiership Captain has been an integral part of the team at Mix102.3 over the past 12 months, and was due to play in SA’s Greatest Game Of Backyard Cricket on Thursday, joining Soda’s team for Childhood Cancer Association.
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And just like that, 45minutes into the journey to AFLW Season 4, a wrong change of direction, and it’s all over. Scans confirm my ruptured ACL this morning. I’ll be standing proud and strong beside my beloved teammates this season, watching them shine from the sidelines. I am overwhelmed with the amount of messages and calls of love and support that have come in over the past few hours. Thank you to both AFL players, AFLW players, coaches, family, friends, supporters, opposition supporters and others who have reached out, it means so much. No doubt I’ll have ups and downs but I am so fortunate to have such amazing people like you in my life. It’s disappointing of course, yet there are worse people off, the sun will still come out tomorrow and there are so many remarkable athletes, men and women, who have been down this journey before. The universe has bigger and better plans for me this season. I’m a huge believer that things happen for a reason, sometimes we just don’t quite understand what the reasons are initially. Ps I’ve changed the ACL club to the “Amazing Courageous Legends Club” haha. If you are on the same journey let’s smash it together, and to those who have been there before your resilience is inspiring to many. AFLW Season 2021 look out, imma coming for ya! 438 days to get faster and stronger. 💪🏼