Greater Western Sydney co-captain Phil Davis is expected to spend at least another week in hospital recovering from a kidney injury suffered in last Saturday’s AFL derby upset triumph over Sydney.
Davis has been in intensive care since being admitted following the game, in which he was injured early but played on and held the Swans superstar spearhead Lance Franklin to just one goal.
The Giants released a statement on Wednesday afternoon saying they expected Davis to be released from intensive care within 24 hours, but that he would remain in hospital at least another seven days.
Davis’s family and girlfriend have been with the 23-year-old defender, who has played 36 of his 54 AFL games with the Giants since moving across from Adelaide after the 2011 season.
The Giants gave no indication when Davis may be ready to resume playing but were pleased and encouraged by his progress.
“Phil received a significant injury to his kidney after accidental contact in the first quarter of Saturday’s game,” said Giants chief executive David Matthews in the statement.
“He played out the game but was taken to hospital after the match when he started to feel pain.
“He was diagnosed with bleeding from his kidney and treating this has been the focus of doctors over the past three days.
“We are pleased that he has shown some very positive signs over the past 24 hours which is encouraging for everyone.”
“His family has been with him during this time and wish to thank everybody for their thoughts and well wishes.”
Davis’s performance on Saturday received widespread praise from his teammates, especially given the nature of the injury, with fellow defender Heath Shaw describing it as “amazing”.