Carlton defender Sam Docherty has gone down with another ACL injury at training on Monday afternoon.
Docherty missed the entire 2018 season after rupturing his ACL at a pre-season session in November last year.
He has undergone scans which have revealed he has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee.
The 25-year-old was recently named as co-captain for the 2019 season along with star midfielder Patrick Cripps.
It’s a monumental blow for the Blues and their hopes of climbing up the ladder after winning just two games last season.
“It’s clearly a huge disappointment for Sam to experience such cruel luck, we are all feeling for him right now,” Head of Football Brad Lloyd said.
“The way he tackled his rehab this year was simply incredible and he could have played at the end of last season before the decision was made to hold him back.
“If the last 12 months have shown anything, it’s that Sam is made of everything that is required to return to his elite best once again.
“Our entire football club; players, coaches, staff, members and supporters will now support Sam to ensure he will complete his rehabilitation once again with the entire Carlton family by his side.”