EAST FREMANTLE footballer Julian Locantro has responded well to surgery on a fractured skull, suffered during Sunday’s WAFL reserves match at East Fremantle Oval.
Locantro is believed to have copped an accidental knee to the head after being sandwiched between two Subiaco players in a contest for the ball.
The 22-year-old was helped from the ground by club medicos.
A bad concussion was the initial diagnosis, but an ambulance was called about half an hour later when his condition deteriorated.
Surgery was performed at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
In a statement to the club, his father said surgery had gone well but he would likely remain in hospital for the next week.
“We would like to thank everyone for their best wishes and support for Julian, in particular everyone at the East Fremantle Football Club,” he said.
“Unfortunately Julian’s injuries were sustained from a freak accident and nothing more.
“We are a private family and are only concerned for Julian’s recovery and ask for that to be respected.
“We do not want too much to be made of this accident and we will continue to love and support the game.”
The injury was sustained in Locantro’s return from a calf injury, which he sustained in round eight.