Alex Johnson will undergo a fourth knee reconstruction due to complications from previous operations.
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The Sydney Swans have confirmed defender Alex Johnson will undergo a fourth knee reconstruction after he underwent a procedure this week to remove the LARS knee reconstruction undergone in July.
Since undergoing his first knee reconstruction in early 2013, Johnson has not been able to shake an infection which continues to compromise the health of his anterior cruciate ligament.
The 22-year-old has not played an AFL match since the 2012 Grand Final.
“It is obviously very frustrating but I have no choice but to attack the situation with a positive attitude,” Johnson said.
“It has been a difficult couple of years but I love football and while I understand the challenge ahead, I am determined to get back out playing.”
It’s not known how long the recovery will take, however Swans general manager Dean Moore says Johnson continues to maintain a positive outlook.
“Alex has had the most unfortunate time with injuries over the last two years, but his positive attitude throughout has been really remarkable,” Moore said.
“Naturally, he is disappointed about the latest setback but is determined to do everything he can to return to the field and we will support him as best we can.
“He is an incredibly strong young man and I have little doubt his positive mindset and determination will see him overcome what is a significant challenge.”