PM eager to get back in the game

Liberal Party campaign strategists are thanking their lucky stars that a serious injury to Prime Minister Scott Morrison has happened just before the Easter long weekend and he is expected to be hustings-fit when real campaigning resumes next Tuesday.

Mr Morrison is expected to spend much of the weekend in a private suite in the Harold Holt wing of the Sir Robert Menzies Private Hospital for Truly Great Conservative National Leaders in leafy Manuka not far from The Lodge in Canberra.

The PM was flown back in secret to the national capital after he strained a hamstring on Wednesday as he ran onto the court at the Baierr Stadium in Torquay, 80km southwest of Melbourne, to take part in an under 10s game between two local sides.

Determined to play so as to not disappoint his team-mates, the plucky PM waved away minders and joined in the Torquay Terrors warmup, only to be then struck in the face by a basketball (pictured, right) innocently thrown by a Torquay Turncoats rival.

“The PM felt the hammie go as he ran through the stadium’s main doors and sped along the lineup of his excited team-mates, handslapping them as he went by,” explained Mr Morrison’s personal photographer who happened to be in the stadium at the time.

“If the gutsy PM had taken our advice and sought medical help straight away after he pulled that hamstring he wouldn’t have then been hit in the noggin by that wayward basketball and had his glasses knocked off.”