Popular Port Melbourne defender Dylan Van Unen has undergone surgery on the depressed cheekbone injury that he suffered in the Development League’s final home-and-away game against Box Hill two weeks ago.
The head clash incident occurred during the second quarter of the side’s loss to the Hawks at Box Hill City Oval, and the resultant swelling meant that surgery had to be delayed until yesterday morning (Tuesday 29th August).
Fans had initially feared the worst for Van Unen when he was placed into a neck brace immediately after the incident, however club medical staff had informed him that the proximity of the injury to the skull and eyes simply meant that all precautionary measures had to be undertaken.
Van Unen was upbeat when he spoke to the Port Melbourne website from his hospital bed, despite the disappointment of being side-lined for the entirety of the club’s upcoming Finals campaign.
“It’ll probably be about 6 weeks before I’ll be able to start contact training again,” he said.
“Having said that, I’ll be aiming to start running again soon in order to remain as fit as I can.”
Despite not being out on the park with his teammates, Van Unen said footy clubs were sometimes “the best places” to be during recovery from a serious injury.
“Being around the boys can get your spirits up, and with both sides really well placed entering the Finals, I’ll definitely be hoping to get to training over the next few weeks,” he said.
In addition, Van Unen’s experience in being on Essendon’s AFL list three years ago bodes well in being able to help out during what he hopes is a fruitful few weeks for the Borough.
“I’ll have a chat to Trent (McMicking, Development Coach) about helping out where I can on match days, particularly with some of the younger guys.”
The club wishes Dylan all the very best in his recovery and look forward to seeing him back around the club over the next few weeks.
Image below: Dylan pictured with daughter Violet a few days after his head clash in the Round 18 Development League game against Box Hill.
Main image credit: Maurice Virduzzo.