Blues’ flag hopes take injury hit

AFLW: The Adelaide Crows bag a scrappy win over Carlton at Thebarton Oval

Carlton defender Brianna Davey. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

THE Blues’ backline has taken a major injury hit as Carlton looks to keep its AFL Women’s premiership hopes alive.

Star defender and marquee player Bri Davey will miss at least the next two weeks after sustaining a knock to her lower back in Sunday’s loss to Adelaide at Thebarton Oval, with scans confirming that the former Matildas goalkeeper will be sidelined for a minimum of a fortnight.

In a further blow, Davey’s fellow defender Sarah Last will miss the rest of the season after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament in the defeat.

“Unfortunately, Sarah will need a knee reconstruction which will put her out for the next 12 months,” Carlton coach Damien Keeping said.

“We will get the support network that the club offers around her and look to get her back in the navy blue next season.”

The Blues face Melbourne on Saturday in an AFL-AFLW double-header at Ikon Park before another blockbuster against the Western Bulldogs at Whitten Oval.