Ruptured spleen can’t stop Aussie rules football player

An Australian rules football player was in intensive care after playing the final quarter of a match on Saturday with a ruptured spleen, The Mercury reported Tuesday.

Brodie Johnston, a 19-year-old player with the Burnie Dockers in the Tasmanian State League was accidentally crunched in a marking contest during the third-quarter against Launceston on Saturday, but played the game out as the young Dockers turned a last-change 11-point deficit into an incredible 30-point win.

It was only after the match that it was realized the young Australian rules player had ruptured his spleen.

He was rushed to hospital where he remained in intensive care early Tuesday.

Burnie coach Brent Plant said Johnston, the son of assistant coach and former Burnie premiership captain Craig, would stay in the ICU for the next 48 hours, and was expected to miss the next four months of football.

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