19/04/2024
The medical substitution debate has reared its head again with North Melbourne coach David Noble admitting substituted defender Aidan Corr could have played on, but cited the “potential to cause longer injury” to his injured toe as the reason for his removal from the game.

The medical substitution debate has reared its head again with North Melbourne coach David Noble admitting substituted defender Aidan Corr could have played on, but cited the “potential to cause longer injury” to his injured toe as the reason for his removal from the game.

Speaking to The Inner Sanctum at his post-game press conference, new North Melbourne head coach David Noble cast doubts over the substitution of Aidan Corr in the last quarter of his side’s 52-point loss to Port Adelaide.

Noble was questioned if Corr would have been able to play on if the medical substitution was unavailable.

“Yeah possibly. We would have tried to get him to maybe manage it a bit more… play him a bit deeper, or where he’s going to have less twists and turns in the game,” he said.

The club debutant injured his big toe in the third quarter and was visibly hampered by it.

“Corr actually went back on for 10 minutes when we asked him could he keep going so it was at that point we had a discussion with him and he said no I’ll tape it up and go back out”,” he said.

“We were just under risk under that medical protocol of causing more issue with that toe, so we made the call”.

“I think in the sense that you’re able to now activate that knowing there is a potential to do more risk”.

Club doctors must make the decision of substituting a player out of the game believing that player will be unable to participate in a game of football for the next 12 days.

“Our doctors are really clear, it has to be clear on a medical basis [that] it’s either concussion or it’s a potential to cause longer injury,” Noble said.

“He’s probably doubtful for next week”.

Corr is eligible to play against the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday night.

Corr’s substitution saw Charlie Lazzaro make his on-field debut for the club, but North Melbourne struggled to contain a firing Port Adelaide.

Jaidyn Stephenson was a standout for the Shinboners in his first game since a dramatic trade from Collingwood in the off-season.

“I thought [Stephenson’s game] was terrific,” Noble said.

“I thought his centre bounce work was really good; his capacity to play higher up the ground. [He] had good entries and had some scoreboard pressure as well, I was really pleased.”

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