Talented big man set to miss more game time with another injury.
Greater Western Sydney gun forward Jonathon Patton has suffered a second serious knee injury in as many AFL seasons.
Patton injured his right knee on Sunday and was sent for scans while the Giants stormed home to a 64-point win over Melbourne at the MCG.
Those scans revealed the worst-case scenario for Patton – that he requires a second knee reconstruction in the space of 17 months.
Giants coach Leon Cameron had been initially hopeful that wasn’t the case.
“The doctors are confident it’s not a major injury,” Cameron said before the club received the bad news, adding he had a “sinking feeling” when Patton clutched at his knee in pain during the second term.
“This year he’s been so good for us and really leading the big-man stakes.
“Our thoughts go out to him and his family, I’m hoping he’s OK … because he’s had such a bad run with injuries.”
The 21-year-old, who will reportedly be offered a contract worth $900,000 a season by Western Bulldogs, has suffered a series of knee problems in his 29-game AFL career.
Patton, who attracted comparisons to Jonathan Brown in his junior care