Rough blow for Hawks

Updated: January 31, 2016
AFL News

HAWTHORN forward Jarryd Roughead will be sidelined up to five months following knee surgery.

The four-time premiership star, who got married on Saturday, will undergo a reconstruction of his posterior cruciate ligament.

We found out this morning that Jarryd requires a PCL reconstruction, which means that he’s not going to be available to play until somewhere in the middle of the season,” Hawks football boss Chris Fagan said.

“That’s a fair stint out – somewhere between four to five months.”

Fagan says the PCL has been an ongoing issue that Roughead had been able to manage.

“He’s actually had a PCL injury for a long time, but in the past if it’s got a little bit sore he just has a day off and it clears up and he continues to train and play,” Fagan saod.

“He didn’t miss any games with it last year, he had a perfect pre-season up until Christmas time, and for some unknown reason the knee’s got sore just lately, and not recovering when we’ve given him a rest.

“We needed to seek expert advice, and that’s the opinion we received this morning.”

It continues a tough 12 months for Roughead, who had a skin cancer removed from his lip last year.

Despite missing at least half of this season, the Hawks are confident he can have an impact when he returns.

“Rough’s had a few challenges in the last little while – this is just another one,” Fagan said.

“He’ll take that in his stride, and as he said to me the other day, he’ll be really fresh in the second half of the year and can’t wait for that to come around.”

Hawthorn opens its NAB Challenge campaign against Carlton in Launceston on February 18.

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