Geelong midfielder Jack Steven has been discharged from hospital after surgery to repair injuries from a chest wound he suffered over the weekend.
- It is unclear how Steven sustained a chest injury
- A police investigation is underway and Geelong’s main priority is Steven’s wellbeing
- Steven came close to AFL retirement last year as he dealt with mental health issues
Details are still unclear as to how the 30-year-old ended up with the wound and a police investigation is ongoing.
Geelong’s main priority is Steven’s wellbeing, with the club and AFL both keen to put support mechanisms in place.
Former St Kilda teammate Jack Billings is among those to have reached out to Steven since the incident.
“As a friend and as a former teammate, you just think of his health and safety first and foremost and hope he is doing OK,” Billings told SEN.
“He has got an amazing family, a great group of mates, many guys we both played with at the club and obviously the support down at the Cats.
“He has got some great support so I hope he can get better and recover fully and play some footy this year.”
Geelong’s general manager of football, Simon Lloyd, had earlier said the 30-year-old, who is yet to make his debut in the club’s famous hoops, was fortunate not to require any further surgery.
“Our medical team have spoken to the trauma doctors at the Alfred and where he received the injury was under the right thoracic, so in his chest,” he said.
“Jack’s very lucky as we speak. He’s recovering, he doesn’t require any further operation or exploratory surgery so that’s a real positive in what is not great circumstances.”
Steven had taken plenty of time away from the game in 2019 as he battled mental health issues, playing just seven games for St Kilda in 2019.
A four-time best and fairest winner at St Kilda he was traded to Geelong for the 2020 season after 183 games for the Saints.
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