Injury update: Alex McKinnon


On Monday night scan results for Alex McKinnon confirmed a dislocation at C4 and C5.

McKinnon had emergency surgery early on Tuesday morning to stabilise his neck, which consisted of a disc removal at C4 and C5 and anterior fusion.

Alex had additional scans on Tuesday afternoon, which confirmed a devastating spinal injury.

Alex remains in hospital in intensive care and may require further surgery to stabilise his spine.

He has movement in his right arm and the uncertainty remains in regeneration, with a variable prognosis.

The doctors explained regeneration and recovery could be up to two years.

Family and Club officials remain with Alex in hospital. The Club requests Alex and his families privacy is respected at this time.


Scan results for Alex McKinnon confirm a fracture at C4 and C5.

His spinal cord is not severed but the doctors are unsure about the level of spinal cord compromise.

It will be a number of days or weeks until the extent of his injury is known.

Alex's family have now arrived in Melbourne and are with him, along with Club doctor Peter McGeoch and Club officials.

When there is additional information, an update will be provided.

We ask that any reporting of this delicate matter be handled with respect to Alex and his family.


Alex McKinnon was taken to hospital for scans following a neck injury in Monday night's game against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park.

The Club will provide a further update as soon as there is additional information available - however that isn't expected until Tuesday.

Alex's family have been and will continue to be in constant contact with Club officials.

Club officials remain with Alex in hospital.

The Club thanks everyone for their well wishes.

Ed's Note: The entire team here at wish Alex and his family all the best in his recovery.