The Gold Coast Suns have suffered a huge blow with captain Tom Lynch set to miss the rest of the AFL season.
Lynch has succumbed to a posterior cruciate ligament injury that will require him to go under the knife.
The 25-year-old missed four games earlier this season but medical experts have now told him that surgery is the best option for him.
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Lynch has expressed his frustration that his season is over.
“It’s a really disappointing to know that I’m going to have to have surgery and not play out the season,” Lynch said.
“I’ve been doing all I can to rehab the injury without requiring surgery.”
“We’ve been assessing my knee weekly and the latest advice recommends surgery and I’ll get that done as soon as possible.”
The season-ending injury could also mean that Lynch has played his last game for the club, as speculation continues about his future.
“Post-surgery I’m sure the time will come where I’ll sit down with my manager and work through what the best option going forward is,” Lynch said.
“Clearly, I’ve got a decision to make on my future, but the reality is I haven’t made that decision.”
The Suns’ General Manager of Football Operations Jon Haines says it’s disappointing news, but says the club will do all it can to help Lynch make a full recovery.
“Surgery means Tom will not be able to play for somewhere between four to six months,” Haines said.
“Post-surgery we will do all we can to ensure he recovers fully from the operation.”