Cornelius still in intensive care

Aaron Cornelius in action for Tasmania.

Aaron Cornelius in action for Tasmania.

GLENORCHY coach Aaron Cornelius remains in hospital in Hobart after suffering a sickening leg injury in Saturday’s clash against Clarence.

The former Brisbane Lions player landed awkwardly and badly dislocated his knee after attempting a spectacular mark in the goal square.

Cornelius has remained in intensive care in hospital since the incident undergoing two operations to repair the damage including major concerns over the rupturing of an artery that supplies blood to the lower leg.

Cornelius’s playing and coaching future remains uncertain as he faces a lengthy recovery period from the injury.

‘‘I have no further information from the hospital so I’m taking that as good news,’’ Glenorchy committee member and spokesman Julian Amos said yesterday.

‘‘It was intended that he come out of intensive care today and I’m assuming the recovery is on track.

‘‘All the indications are that the operation he had Monday morning was successful and blood was flowing to his lower leg and therefore some concerns regarding his leg were abated.

‘‘The second operation was to confirm there was no damage to the muscle in his lower leg - he is in some pain still and is going to spend a fair bit of time in hospital getting himself in order.’’

Amos said doctors had said the damage suffered to the artery was a more serious situation than if he had broken bones in his leg.

Magpies bench coach Matthew Smith has taken over the senior coaching reins for the remainder of the State League season.

‘‘I don’t know when Aaron is coming out of hospital and whether he will be in any shape to resume coaching this year,’’ Amos said.

‘‘Aaron is part of the family and we will see what we can do to ensure he retains a successful career, however that happens, but we’re a long way ahead of ourselves in that regard.’’

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