Demons rookie suffers third ACL rupture
Melbourne rookie Aaron Nietschke has been ruled out for the entire 2021 AFL season after suffering the third ruptured ACL of his fledgling career.
Nietschke was drafted by the Demons in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft but after suffering cruel luck on the injury front, the No.53 pick has yet to make his AFL debut.
And that will be on hold for at least one more year after he suffered yet another ACL rupture while playing against Richmond Tigers in a VFL match on Friday.
Nietschke was looking good for 2021 after being placed on the rookie list, only for cruel bad luck to strike again.
Demons head of football Alan Richardson has spoken about the situation and says the club will stand by the youngster and do all they can to help him return.
"Scans have unfortunately confirmed that Aaron has ruptured his ACL and will again miss a large portion of the year," Richardson told Melbourne Media.
"This is absolutely devastating news for Aaron and the club, as he was preparing for the season ahead.
"Aaron is a very impressive and resilient person, his professionalism can't be questioned and the way he attacks his rehab is outstanding.
"This is really unfortunate for Aaron who was in great shape since returning from his previous knee injury. Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to play consistent football since he was drafted due to injury.
"We will work with Aaron and ensure all options are assessed before deciding the most appropriate treatment required to reconstruct the ACL."
The Demons are priced at 9/2 to win the AFL grand final.
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