Former AFL player Colin Sylvia in stable condition after fall from balcony

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.

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