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Primus held serious fears for Schulz

Primus held serious fears for Schulz

Thu June 21, 2012 5:56am

PORT Adelaide coach Matthew Primus feared forward Jay Schulz would have to have his "bowel opened up" when he was rushed to hospital on Sunday night.

Such a surgery would have ended Schulz' season after he was rushed to Melbourne's Epworth Hospital while playing against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

"It was pretty serious," Primus told The Advertiser.

"If the (internal) bleeding hadn't stopped when it did they (doctors) would have had to have opened him up and clear it all out in a massive operation.

"It was looking at one stage that he was gone for the year for us - and half of the pre-season as well."

Schulz copped a knee in the stomach from team-mate Justin Westhoff during a marking contest in the second quarter of the Power's 38-point defeat to the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

He collapsed to the ground in agony and was helped from the field by trainers but soon returned to finish as Port's top goalkicker with three.

At the time, it was thought Schulz had suffered more damage to the bruised ribs he hurt against Carlton in round 10. But the 27-year-old's health deteriorated rapidly as the players warmed down in the changerooms after the game and he was rushed to hospital and admitted to intensive care.

"Ten minutes after the game he was in a fair bit of agony," Primus said. "It all happened pretty quickly once the game had finished, so we thought we'd get him to hospital quick smart. He was close to having a big operation but fortunately the bleeding stopped."

Scans revealed internal bleeding on the abdominal wall, which settled down overnight and stopped the next morning.

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