‘Heartbreaking’ scenes for AFL veteran

Carlton veteran Marc Murphy has suffered a lower leg injury just four games short of 300.

The former club captain limped off the field in the first quarter of his side’s clash with Adelaide on Sunday.

He was replaced by medical substitute Nic Newman and did not reappear after the first change.

The injury was especially devastating given Murphy had been playing his first game back in the senior side after being dropped to the VFL.

“It’s heartbreaking for a player trying to get to his 300th game,” Fox Footy host Sarah Jones said.

Murphy, who has played his entire AFL career with the Blues, is vying to become just the fifth footballer to play 300 games for Carlton, after Craig Bradley, Bruce Doull, Kade Simpson and Stephen Silvagni.

The Blues are yet to confirm the extent of Murphy's injury.

Marc Murphy subbed out in game 296. Lower left leg injury. Nic Newman subbed in #AFLBluesCrows

After a scrappy start in which majors proved elusive, the Crows took a one-goal lead into quarter time.

A goal to Adelaide’s Paul Seedsman within 20 seconds of the restart looked foreboding for the Blues.

However, Carlton managed to wrestle the lead from the South Australian rivals with a second term onslaught.

Eddie Betts turned it on against the club with whom he made the 2017 Grand Final, booting two for the quarter.

Patrick Cripps, Zac Williams, Paddy Dow, Jack Martin, Harry McKay and Matthew Owies each bagged majors of their own, turning an early three-goal deficit to a 28-point half-time lead.

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