Key defender opts for traditional reconstruction route.
Andy Otten will take no further part in the Adelaide Crows’ season after scan today confirmed the worst possible news of an ACL rupture.
Otten and the club have opted for a more traditional and long-term rehab program with a full reconstruction of his knee, seeing him out of action for around a year.
Otten, 25, ruptured the ligament when his knee buckled under him as he made his way to a contest in the second quarter of Sunday’s match.
He immediately called for assistance and has experience with knee injuries: he missed the 2010 season after rupturing his ACL in his left knee.
“I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and messages of support in the last 24 hours,” Otten said in a club statement.
“Sadly, I can’t change what has happened, despite really wishing I could. I know what is ahead of me and will tackle this setback head on.”
It is a blow to Otten, who was having his best year since having a knee reconstruction the first time. He can be used both in attack and defence.