CARLTON will be without Grace Egan for at least the next month.

The popular young Blue came from the field early in the second quarter of Sunday’s clash with Collingwood.

Following a strong start to the season opener, Egan didn’t return to the ground after being injured in a marking contest.

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Scans post-match subsequently revealed that Egan had sustained two broken ribs and a punctured lung.

The injury is expected to see Egan – who had played every game consecutively since her debut up until this point – ruled out for the next 4-6 weeks.

“Grace suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung as a result of a collision in a marking contest during the second quarter against Collingwood on Sunday,” Head of Women’s Football Brett Munro said.

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“Grace immediately came from the field and was taken into the rooms for assessment by our doctors. She was then transferred to Epworth Hospital for scans, where her injuries were revealed.

“Grace stayed for observation overnight and is now recovering at home and in good spirits.”

Egan joins second-year Blue Mimi Hill on the injury list, with the Game Changers continuing to adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ approach on the youngster’s availability in her return from an ACL injury sustained last season.