Another ACL rupture for Swans ruckman

26 June 2020 18:46:59 GMTPlus10
It was a doubly disappointing night for Swans coach John Longmire.

Sydney ruckman Sam Naismith is out of the rest of the AFL season after rupturing his ACL in the 28-point defeat to Western Bulldogs.

It's the second time 27-year-old Naismith has suffered the injury to his right knee.

He had his first knee reconstruction in the pre-season of 2018 and sat out the rest of that campaign. Further complications also sidelined him for the whole of last year.

Naismith, playing just his 30th AFL match, was injured in the final term.

He had scans on Friday that confirmed a second ruptured ACL.

Executive GM of Football Charlie Gardiner said: "It is terrible news for Sam and really disappointing for the team. He will see a surgeon next week and we will then lay out next steps from there.

"Our thoughts are with Sam at the moment and we will wrap our arms around him as he gets on with his recovery."

Naismith, who comes from Narrabri in NSW, was recruited by the Swans with the 59th pick at the 2013 Rookie Draft.

He made his senior debut in the final round of 2014 season against Richmond, but didn't play his second AFL game until 2016.

Sydney's ruck depth consists of Callum Sinclair and Hayden McLean, both of whom played in the loss to the Bulldogs, plus 205cm Michael Knoll and fellow rookie Joel Amartey.

John Longmire's side have a 2-2 record after the first four rounds.

Meanwhile, Sydney premiership player Alex Johnson is reported to have suffered a seventh ACL tear.

It's understood Johnson hurt his knee on Saturday training for Old Xaverians.

The defender was delisted by the Swans at the end of 2018 after tearing his ACL for a sixth time, and had a dual player-assistant coach role with the Northern Blues last year.

Sydney are 87/100 to win their next game against Melbourne, who are 20/21.

The Swans are 91/100 conceding a 1.5-points start.

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