Adelaide defender Tom Doedee will miss the remainder of the 2023 season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.

The 26-year-old, who is part of the Club’s leadership group, suffered the injury in a contest in the first quarter of Saturday night’s loss to Gold Coast in Darwin and was subbed out of the game.

He returned to Adelaide on Sunday where scans revealed the extent of the injury and he will consult with the Club’s medical and high performance team in coming days ahead of surgery.

Crows High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said it was a disappointing blow for the talented defender.

“Unfortunately it’s not the news we were hoping for and scans have confirmed that Tom has ruptured his ACL,” Burgess said.

“He was clearly in some discomfort after coming from the ground on Saturday night and now we have confirmation of the injury which will sideline him for the rest of the season.

“We all share Tom’s disappointment and we are supporting him as best we can as he prepares for surgery and then rehabilitation.

“What we know of Tom is he is of high character and the utmost professional, and having been through this process once before, knows what it takes to get back to playing at the highest level.”