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Morrison “flying” in recovery

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

LUCKLESS Geelong midfielder Nina Morrison is “flying” in her recovery from a second ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

However, coach Paul Hood says the Cats will resist the temptation to rush the talented teenager back for a likely February start to the 2021 AFLW season.

Morrison underwent her latest knee reconstruction in March after suffering the injury during the loss to North Melbourne on March 13.

“She’s running amazing times already, she’s moving very well,” Hood said in a club video.

“She was hassling me to start kicking about 12 weeks – it felt like – after her injury, so we’ve been doing one-on-one kicking sessions since back in August, I think.

“Now, she’s progressing in what looks like full training without contact. She’ll have some more steps to take along her journey.

“We won’t be rushing Nina back. Like any player, she’s far too valuable to put at risk.

“But, she’s doing everything she possibly can at the moment, and in true Nina fashion, she’s excelling every time she turns up.”

Morrison, who the Cats selected with the first pick in the 2018 National Draft, suffered her first ruptured ACL at training only days after earning a Rising Star nomination for her performance in Geelong’s AFLW debut,

She returned for the opening round of the 2020 season and played all six games for a career total of seven.

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