Adelaide captain Rory Sloane will have reconstructive surgery on his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) this week before beginning his rehabilitation and road back to football.
The midfielder suffered the injury in the final quarter of Saturday’s win over Richmond at Adelaide Oval and scans revealed the damage on Sunday.
High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said Sloane was maintaining a positive outlook on his recovery and return to the field next season.
“Rory had that unfortunate incident in the game in the last quarter on the weekend, so he’s in for ACL surgery this week,” Burgess said.
“After that will be a period of rest and recovery from the surgery and then he will begin his rehab process.
“He will have a period of immobilisation so he will get to spend some time with his family which is a positive, he won’t do much training over the next three or four weeks, but then we’ll begin getting that knee moving and starting the process.
“Typically these take around 11 or 12 months and having spoken to Rory yesterday I’m sure he will be chomping at the bit to get going and if anything we will probably have to hold him back during the process, he’s pretty upbeat and looking forward to the challenge of coming back stronger and fitter.”
Defender Mitch Hinge is expected to be available to play the Western Bulldogs this weekend after missing the Richmond game with a hip injury.
“Mitch had a test on Friday morning and didn’t quite make it, we didn’t want to take any risks with him, we expect him to fully train on Wednesday and be available this weekend,” Burgess said.
Fellow defender Andrew McPherson is expected to miss the next 1-2 weeks with a hamstring injury.
“Andrew re-damaged the scar tissue only slightly, we thought he would be able to play last week but once we saw the scan we (decided) we would give him another one to two weeks and he will be back ready to go.
“He is already running pretty much at full pace so he will take part in training next week and hopefully be available then.”
Injury list as of Tuesday, April 19:
Mitch Hinge (hip) test
Andrew McPherson (hamstring) 1-2 weeks
Zac Taylor (thumb) 2-3 weeks
Paul Seedsman (concussion) ongoing
Rory Sloane (knee) season