Brisbane Lions prima Eric Hipwood volition miss the remainder of the 2021 play and astatine slightest fractional of the 2022 play aft scans confirmed an ACL teardrop successful his near knee.
Hipwood, who has kicked 26 goals successful 16 games this year, suffered the wounded successful the archetypal 4th of Brisbane's daze 32-point nonaccomplishment to St Kilda connected Saturday night.
The 23-year-old twisted his near genu upon landing pursuing a marking contention and was instantly helped disconnected the crushed by the Lions' aesculapian staff.
Scans confirmed that the left-footer ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament successful his near genu and helium volition acquisition country to repair his genu connected Tuesday.
"This is precise disappointing quality for some Hipwood and the club, but we volition rally astir him and supply our afloat enactment to him," said Brisbane Lions GM of Football, Danny Daly.
"He'll necessitate country and rehabilitation implicit the adjacent 10-12 months and the nine volition supply each the assistance and enactment that helium needs to get backmost retired connected the field.
"He's successful bully spirits and he's inactive got galore years of footy up of him, and hopefully galore much arsenic a Lion."
Hipwood is the 2nd Lion to endure an ACL wounded this play aft former No.1 prime Cam Rayner suffered the aforesaid injury successful the pre-season.