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Carlton co-captain Sam Docherty is set for another year on the sidelines following confirmation from the club that he has done his ACL for a second time after an innocuous incident at pre-season training.
The Blues tweeted the following:
“The Club can confirm co-captain Sam Docherty has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during a training session on Monday morning.”
It’s a devastating blow after Docherty missed the entire 2018 season, having suffered the same injury at pre-season training 12 months ago.
Docherty’s injury is to the same knee that he injured previously.
He hasn’t played since the final round of the 2017 season and will be looking at Round 1, 2020 as probably the earliest possible return date.
Docherty’s absence last year, combined with the departure via trade to Adelaide of Bryce Gibbs, was one of the key factors in Carlton’s two-win season, their worst in a lengthy club history.
Docherty has played 79 games for Carlton since joining the club in the 2013 AFL trade period, one of the famous ‘go home five’ who departed Brisbane that offseason.
He played only 13 games for the Lions after originally being taken by them at pick 12 in the 2011 AFL draft.
He enjoyed a breakout season in 2016 which saw him average 25 disposals and five rebound 50s per game off the halfback flank, winning Carlton’s best-and-fairest award.
He went even better in 2017 with his first All-Australian season recording just short of 21 kicks and more than nine marks per game.