MAJAK Daw sustained "very serious injuries" to his hips and pelvis in an incident on Melbourne's Bolte Bridge on Monday night and will undergo surgery within days, according to North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley.
Buckley read a prepared statement on Tuesday afternoon at the club's Arden Street headquarters following a traumatic day for the club.
"Majak is currently recovering in hospital after an incident last night. Majak sustained very serious injuries to his hips and pelvic region," Buckley said.
"He is currently in a stable condition and is expected to be operated on in the next few days.
"Our primary concern, of course, is his mental and physical health and wellbeing, and also the wellbeing of his family, friends, teammates, coaches and the staff at the club.
"The club is providing full and ongoing support for Majak and his family and also the players and wider club community.
"We would like to sincerely thank everyone for their messages of support and concern for Majak. We understand the significant level of interest but again we ask that the privacy of Majak, his family, the players and the staff be respected at this sensitive time."
An AFL spokesperson released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon: "The AFL has been in contact with the North Melbourne Football Club throughout the day to offer all further support for Majak, his family, his teammates and all staff at the club."
"We strongly endorse the club’s request for the privacy of Majak and his family to be respected along with all those at the football club."
North had released a statement earlier on Tuesday morning, saying Daw was in a stable condition. But at that time the club had yet to ascertain the full extent of the defender's injuries.
Victoria Police provided the following statement to AFL.com.au earlier on Tuesday morning: "Police were called to reports a man had fallen from the Bolte Bridge near Lorimer Street about 11pm."
"Emergency services attended and located a man in the Yarra River. The man aged in his 20s was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries."
Daw, 27, has played 50 games in nine seasons at Arden Street.
The Sudanese-born tall enjoyed a breakout 2018 season, playing a career-high 18 games and excelling in a new role as a key defender.
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