Blues not Cats Got Marinoff’s Tongue in AFLW Play in Round 5

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Ebony Marinoff might well be the leading contender for bizarrest injury in 2018 AFLW play.

She was the recipient of a split tongue, which may prevent her from speaking the truth, but apparently, will not prevent her from playing in the Adelaide Crows game this weekend against the Fremantle Dockers at TIO Stadium in the Northern Territory, as the AFLW caravan winds its way around the country.

The Crows were playing the Carlton Blues at the Norwood Oval when Marinoff’s head collided with that of Blues’ player Katie Loynes.

It took six stiches, but none of the king’s horses or men to put Marinoff’s tongue together again, but she has reported difficulty with eating.

She told the Herald Sun, “It hurt and my tongue felt weird, but I had no idea it was in two pieces. It was just after half time, so I was fresh and didn’t think I needed to come off at that stage.”

Marinoff finished the game before posting phots of the gruesome injury on Snapchat, much to her credit. For the next several weeks, her chatting will be anything but snappy.

Marinoff’s coach Bec Goddard opined that the doctor should have sewn Marinoff’s mouth shut, but that might be elective surgery that requires a co-payment and considerable out-of-pocket expenses, as AFLW health insurance does not cover elective surgery.

So long as she keeps the tongue from dragging, it is possible that she will see action when the Crows travel down the road to Darwin for a game with the Fremantle Dockers.

The Crows can ill-afford to lose her, as the defending premiers have had a rough 2018, losing two games and drawing one, with just two rounds remaining, the upcoming game with Fremantle and the home-and-away concluder with the Collingwood Magpies.

They will need to win both remaining games to bring up to four wins for the season and hope that the teams above them, starting with ladder leaders Western Bulldogs collapse, the Brisbane Lions suffer a similar fate and the Dees and the Giants cannot finish strong.

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