Former AFL star Colin Sylvia is recovering in hospital after a fall from a balcony at the weekend that he says resulted in a fractured neck and bleeding to the brain.
The former Melbourne player posted a photograph of himself covered in blood after the incident and another in a neck brace at the Alfred Hospital, saying it was “not an ideal start to the weekend” for him.
A hospital spokesperson confirmed on Monday the 31-year-old remained at the Alfred in a stable condition.
Sylvia hung up his boots after after just one year with Fremantle, but it was at Melbourne where he spent the majority of his career and made a name for himself.
The midfielder played over 150 games for the Demons between 2004 and 2013, kicking over 100 goals during his 10-year spell with the club.
He announced his retirement from the game after failing to prove his fitness before the start of the Dockers’ 2015 season.
This article was written by Guardian sport, for theguardian.com on Monday 12th December 2016 02.16 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010