Key forward ruptures ACL and needs knee construction.
The Adelaide Crows’ championship aspirations have taken a massive hit with the club confirming Taylor Walker had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament last weekend.
Walker will now miss the rest of the AFL season and the beginning of 2014, as he will need a traditional knee reconstruction, with LARS not an option in this case.
Adelaide were forced to reshuffle their side dramatically after Walker was taken from the ground during their loss to Carlton.
Crows’ veteran Ben Rutten said while it is disappointing for Walker and the club, the players cannot get bogged down in the details, as they look to improve their record of 2-3.
“It is something we are going to have to do, we have guys (in the SANFL where) Shaun McKernan kicked five goals, Lewis Johnston is in some reasonable form,” Rutten said.
“It is not going to be one guy who is going to replace (Walker). We need more contributors scoring goals. That is the way we are going to have to approach it for however long Tex is out.
“It is disappointing for him and we are going to have to cover it. We saw with Carlton at the weekend the way they can score heavily without having a dominant key forward.
Adelaide General Manager of Football Administration Phil Harper spoke to the media more about Walker’s future with the club:
See how Walker’s season ended below: