A pain in the knee for the Blues and Charlie Curnow. But what is the MCL and what does it do?
The MCL, or medial collateral ligament, is the stabiliser on the inside of the knee. It connects the bottom of the femur (thigh bone) and top of the tibia (shin bone) together. This helps to prevent the knee buckling inwards.
MCL injuries are ranked according to their severity and estimated recovery times. A grade 1 strain takes approx. 3-4 weeks to recover, grade 2 approx. 5-8 and grade 3 longer than 8 weeks.
⚕️The physio team down at Carlton will be aiming to improve Charlie’s strength around the knee and commence some straight line running within the fortnight with a return to full training in 3 weeks.
The aim of his rehab will be to strengthen the muscles around the knee so the MCL has less work to do to stabilise the knee from buckling inwards.
⭐Good luck with the rehab Charlie!