“Physically I am A-OK, but I’m still processing things mentally,” she said.
“I am feeling a bit flat physically so will be resting my body.
“I was very lucky and I’m feeling very fortunate.
“The doctors have given me the all clear to return to training, so I’m looking forward to getting back to footy, getting back to normal.
“Thank you to everyone for their care and concern.”
She has been ruled out of the Lions’ practice match against Greater Western Sydney in Sydney on Sunday but remarkably remains in contention to face Adelaide in round one on February 8, depending on how her recovery progresses.
Like many footballers in the semi-professional women’s competition, Wuetschner works away from the game, supplementing her football income with employment as a wharfie.
Lions AFLW CEO Breeanna Brock said the team are supporting Wuetschner in every way possible.
“We are just so thankful that she is all right,” Brock said.
“A moment like this put things into perspective, that’s for sure.
“We’ll continue to work with Jess and our team here at the club to make sure she has everything she needs to get back to normal.”
A small forward, Tasmanian Wuetschner has kicked 26 goals in 23 AFLW games, the most of any AFLW player other than Adelaide superstar Erin Phillips.
In a story on the AFL Players’ Association website in 2018, Wuetschner outlined her dual responsibilities.
“When [I have an overnight shift] I go to training and follow the same protocol but after training I have to go into work and don’t finish until 7am. I’ll have a sleep during the day and then go back to training the next evening,” Wuetschner wrote.
“My tasks at work can vary day-to-day. Some days I’ll be lashing and de-lashing which is quite physical. When a container is loaded onto the ships, it is secured to the structure so lashing involves ensuring the container is safe and secure. Doing a physical job like that can be quite draining on the body.”
Daniel is an Age sports reporter