Horrible news for the Gold Coast Suns today, with Captain and key ruckman Jarrod Witts now ruled out of the 2021 season.
Scans have unfortunately confirmed the worst today, that the Captain has ruptured his ACL in the side’s loss to Adelaide last week.
Witts was helped off the ground in the third quarter on Friday night but even spectators could tell it wasn’t good.
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Suns’ GM Football Jon Haines confirmed the injury this afternoon.
“Jarrod has suffered a rupture of his ACL during that contest in the third quarter on Friday night and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season,” Haines told the Qscan Injury Update.
“It’s unfortunate for Jarrod, but we know he’ll continue to lead the club as he has done in recent years.”
Eight of the Gold Coast Suns players are currently out with knee injuries, including young gun Matt Rowell.
Most concerningly, the two players who could have replaced Witts in the ruck are also injured.
Zac Smith is also out for 3-4 weeks with a knee injury, while Matthew Conroy and Rory Thompson are also out indefinitely with knee injuries.
As part of the club’s Qscan update, forward Jacob Townsend has had successful surgery on a facial fracture and could be available within 6 weeks.
Key forward Sam Day had surgery on his meniscus late last week and should be available later in the season.
Connor Budarick had surgery on his ACL injury last week and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season.