Injured Bodey hopes to Coach

CARNGHAM-LINTON'S Duane Bodey expects to be back coaching the Saints this weekend despite a frightening neck injury sustained during Saturday's Lexton Plains Football League loss to Lexton.

The 37-year-old said he remained hopeful of leading his team from the sidelines on Saturday after receiving some good early news from X-rays performed while he was in hospital last Saturday night. However, a return to playing is uncertain as Bodey waits on follow-up scans on the injured neck.

"It's not good, but it's not bad," Bodey said yesterday.

"I spent a fair time in hospital on Saturday night. No cracks or breaks showed up on the X-ray, and then I had a CT scan. I'm waiting for the results on that. If nothing comes out of that I will have to have an MRI scan.

"It now feels a lot better. Just very sore and stiff today. Rest is the key, playing is not on the agenda at the moment until I get word from the doctors.

"As for coaching, I will be back at training and hopefully back coaching the boys on the weekend.

Bodey estimated the earliest he could return to the field would be two weeks, while an indefinite layoff was a worst-case scenario.

He was injured during play against Lexton when he fell head-first into the ground in a tackle.

Bodey said he felt his chin pushed into his neck, followed by a grinding sensation.

"I didn't feel anything straight away but then got up and felt a stinging pain," he said.

"The medical staff from both clubs - Phil Lewis from Lexton and Len Benville Carngham-Linton - went into spinal mode. They did a terrific job.

Bodey said he was grateful to the support his family had given him, and the well wishes from supporters.


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