Kangaroos starlet facing spell out

12 January 2021 16:35:15 GMTPlus11

North Melbourne have revealed youngster Charlie Comben will miss the start of the 2021 AFL season after suffering a stress fracture in his leg.

Scans have revealed the 19-year-old forward has a tibial stress fracture in his right leg that will keep him on the sidelines for an indefinite period.

Comben was about to embark on his second year with the Kangaroos after being selected at No.31 in the 2019 NAB AFL Draft and the club will be taking no chances on him.

Making a full recovery has to be the priority and he will be given all the time he needs.

"It's a disappointing result for Charlie who has been working really hard to give himself the best opportunity this season," North's general manager of football Brady Rawlings said.

"We will take an extremely cautious approach to his rehabilitation with a view on his long-term career.

"Charlie has a lot of potential, he's a hard worker, has a great attitude and we see him being an important part of our team in the future.

"We're confident that Charlie's resilient character and meticulous approach to training will put him in the best position to return to full fitness."

Comben, who can also play in the ruck, has been pushed up the forward line pecking order following the departures of Mason Wood, Majak Daw and Ben Brown at the end of the 2020 AFL campaign.

However his push for the Kangaroos side is now on hold while he recovers.

North are priced at 200/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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