Adelaide defender Nick Murray will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during Sunday’s loss to Melbourne at the MCG.

Murray, who has become a mainstay in the Crows’ backline since joining the Club in 2021, landed awkwardly in a contest late in the third quarter and did not return to the field.

Crows High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said scans on Monday confirmed the injury, which will require a reconstruction.

“Obviously it’s shattering news for Nick and the team,” Burgess said.

“He’s been in great form and taken significant steps in his development in the past three years.

“Knowing the player he is, he will attack his rehab with the right attitude and be back bigger and better.”

Izak Rankine has also had scans on his left hamstring which he injured in the final minutes of Sunday’s loss to the Demons.

“While it’s disappointing to lose Izak, fortunately there was little to no tendon involvement, so he will begin his rehab process and we anticipate that being 3-4 weeks before he returns to play,” Burgess said.

“Izak has had hamstring injuries in the past, so he knows what is required with his rehabilitation and will work closely with our medical team to get back.”