Carlton captain Brianna Davey is on track to be ready for Round 1, after tearing her ACL early in the 2018 AFLW season.
Davey went down with the injury in Round 2 versus GWS and said while it’ll be touch-and-go, she thinks she’ll be ready for the 2019 season.
“I’m about nine months post operation now so the start was quite slow and tough, but the back-end now I’m caught up and I’m where I need to be,” Davey told SEN Afternoons.
“I’ve got to keep doing that up until Round 1 and if I tick them all off, I should be right to go. That’s the hope anyway.
“If I was potentially to miss Round 1, If I know I’ve done everything in my power to get there and there’s not much else I can do.”
Studies suggest women are more likely to suffer significant knee injuries than men and Davey said Carlton and other AFLW clubs are doing everything they can to help prevent injuries.
“There’s a real focus around it because women are twice as likely to do it (an ACL),” Davey said.
“So we spend probably about 15 minutes through our warm-up period doing knee-prevention exercises, just to get us firing before we head out onto the field to make sure we’re not putting ourselves at risk.
“I know the boys would be doing it as well, but for us because we’re in our infancy stage of the league as well we’re probably seeing a few more knee injuries than them.”