Sydney Swans defender Alex Johnson ruptured his right ACL during the AFL side’s clash with Melbourne on Sunday, the club has confirmed.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury during a chase with the Demons’ Jesse Hogan early in the first quarter, sending him to the ground.
Details about his expected recovery time are yet to be released.
The devastating news comes just ten days after Johnson made his return to the AFL following an extended lay-off due to five surgeries on his left knee.
Johnson spent 2,136 consecutive days away from top-flight football during his recovery from those surgeries.
Prior to his appearance in the Swans’ narrow Round 20 victory over Collingwood, Johnson’s last game was the 2012 Grand Final.
In a piece for The Player’s Voice published before Sunday’s match, Johnson wrote “It’s all becoming normal again.
“We’re looking to Melbourne this week on Sunday at the ‘G, the likely match-ups and that sort of stuff.
“It’s awesome. I’m just so happy to be back playing AFL.”
All the best, mate.
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