James McQuillan faces 6-week wait

THE seriousness of Albury footballer James McQuillan’s condition may not be known for another six weeks.

McQuillan was brought out of an induced coma yesterday with his spinal injuries being assessed from Saturday’s abandoned match against Yarrawonga at Albury Sportsground.

“It’s a waiting game at the moment and could be that way for another four to six weeks,” Albury vice-president and player welfare manager Paul Joss said last night.

“They have brought James out of a coma and he’s responding.

“I sat and spoke with him this morning along with his family and girlfriend.”

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Mr Joss returned to the Border from Melbourne’s Austin Hospital yesterday to update players, officials and supporters at the Albury Sportsground.

McQuillan, 20, remains in intensive care.

Mr Joss said the support from the community had been overwhelming.

“It’s been incredible,” he said.

“A number of clubs and the local footballing community have been in contact with the McQuillan family and our club and the support is appreciated.”

McQuillan was left without feeling in his legs after colliding with a Yarrawonga player seven minutes into the second quarter of Saturday’s match.

He was taken from the ground by ambulance and flown to Melbourne for treatment.

Albury president Gavan Schultz said counselling had been offered to anyone at the club who felt they needed support.