Once again it’s injuries.
Once again it’s Jeremy Laidler.
The club has today announced that the key, and arguably best, defender for the club will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee. It was the same knee that Laidler injured back in March during a NAB Cup match against the Western Bulldogs.
Laidler went down in Saturday’s VFL Northern Blues match against Geelong, and while it was thought to be only a slight dislocation the club quickly discovered that it was worse than first thought.
Ironically he was only playing in the VFL in order to gain match fitness in order to be considered a chance to play against Hawthorn this Friday night.
Carlton football manager Andrew McKay said it was a huge blow for the club.
“It is most unfortunate; his knee was strong and he had recovered from the injury he sustained in round four and there was certainly no obvious risk in Jeremy playing on Saturday,” McKay said.
“It is one of those things that can happen in our game.”
Laidler took to Twitter this morning saying “Sad to say my season is over but bring on 2013!!! Will b getting around the boys to push themselves for the rest of the season.”
Meanwhile he echoed those sentiments in a quote released on Carlton’s website.
“Obviously I am disappointed, but the most important thing is to have the surgery and then focus on my return in 2013 while providing support for the team every way I can for the remainder of the 2012 season,” Laidler said.
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