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Door closes on Morrison return

Geelong young gun Nina Morrison. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NINA Morrison’s chances of making an AFLW return in 2021 appear all but over.

The Geelong midfielder, who is just over 12 months on from a second anterior cruciate ligament rupture, is unlikely to be seen at the game’s highest level until next year.

The Cats want Morrison to feature at VFLW level first, and with only two rounds remaining in the AFLW season following tomorrow’s clash with West Coast, the 20-year-old will have to wait until 2022.

“We do need to see her at VFLW level for multiple weeks, so it looks like it’s going to be difficult for everything to fall into place,” coach Paul Hood said.

“But, it also means with the VFL at our disposal, we can time it in a manner that best suits Nina to be the best AFLW player she can be in 2022.”

Geelong will make one change for the meeting with the Eagles, with Georgia Clarke recalled for her first game since the Round 2 loss to Collingwood.

She replaces Millie Brown, who suffered another hamstring injury in last week’s defeat by Carlton and may not be seen again in 2021.

Meanwhile, Olivia Purcell, who suffered a ruptured ACL against Richmond in Round 5, has undergone surgery last week.

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