AFL great Steve Johnson is recovering in hospital after a freak accident resulted in a life-threatening wound to his stomach.
News Corp reports the three-time premiership player was rushed to Wangaratta Hospital on Monday night after a knife in a bag he was carrying stabbed his abdomen.
The report adds that Johnson was opening a gate at his property when the knife pierced through the bag and into his stomach.
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A neighbour, who was a nurse, tended to the wound before he was taken to hospital to undergo surgery.
The 40-year-old remained in hospital on Tuesday night, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Johnson is currently the senior coach of Yarrawonga in the Ovens and Murray League.
Johnson is coach of Yarrawonga. Credit: Facebook
“The YFNC would like to wish our Senior Coach, Steve Johnson a quick and full recovery from his accident on Monday night,” the club said in a statement.
“As you may be aware Steve suffered a nasty stomach wound in a freak accident.
“He has been treated at the Wangaratta Hospital and like all things, time will heal.
“Our thoughts go out to Steve & Erin and their extended families.”
Johnson retired at the end of 2017 after a brilliant 293-game career for Geelong and GWS Giants.
As well as playing in the Cats’ three premiership, he was a three-time All-Australian and also won the Norm Smith Medal in 2007.
After leaving Geelong at the end of 2015, Johnson spent the final two years of his career at the Giants.
He kicked a staggering 516 goals as a medium-sized forward and appears a certainty to one day join the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
After ending his playing career, Johnson spent time at Sydney and the Giants as an assistant coach.
He was appointed senior coach of Yarrawonga ahead of the 2023 season and led the Pigeons to the premiership in his first year.