Carlton has suffered a massive blow to its 2019 campaign, with co-captain Sam Docherty suffering another ACL injury.
Docherty missed all of 2018, after rupturing the same ACL on the eve of last season.
It’s a sour note to end an unsuccessful year on for the Blues, who only won two games and claimed the wooden spoon.
It’s understood Docherty injured his ACL at training on Monday morning.
While Docherty spent the year on the sidelines in 2018, he was highly influential, taking on a match day coaching role, while also being named as one of Marc Murphy’s deputies.
The 25-year-old, in conjunction with Patrick Cripps, took over the captaincy from Murphy earlier this month.
“Both Crippa and I have sat down and had really honest chats about how we’re going to take this group forward together,” Docherty said.
“Despite our various differences in personality and approaches to leadership, we complement each other well and the main thing for us is our common goal to take this club back to sustained success.”
The Blues are now canvassing Docherty’s options, and whether or not he’ll undergo a traditional knee reconstuction.
Head of footy Brad Lloyd said the entire club was devastated by the news.
“It’s clearly a huge disappointment for Sam to experience such cruel luck, we are all feeling for him right now,” Lloyd said.
“The way he tackled his rehab this year was simply incredible and he could have played at the end of last season before the decision was made to hold him back.
“If the last 12 months have shown anything, it’s that Sam is made of everything that is required to return to his elite best once again.
“Our entire football club; players, coaches, staff, members and supporters will now support Sam to ensure he will complete his rehabilitation once again with the entire Carlton family by his side.”
Docherty has played 92 games since being drafted with Pick 12 in 2011.
Published by Sarah Olle, 10th December 2018 on foxsports.com.au