Goldsack suffers major ACL injury

13 March 2018 03:57:45 EST

Collingwood veteran Tyson Goldsack could be facing the end of his AFL career, even before the new season has got started.

The 30-year-old tore his ACL in Saturday's pre-season clash with Western Bulldogs in Moe and will undergo a knee reconstruction.

I'm definitely keen to play again.

Tyson Goldsack

He is out of contract at the end of the season, having only been offered a one-year deal for 2018 late last year. A premiership player with the Magpies in 2010, Goldsack has played 161 games overall and kicked 50 goals.

The swingman is looking at a recovery time of up to 12 months, but says he hopes he hasn't played his last game.

"I'm definitely keen to play again whether that's late this year, or if it has to be next year, then we'll go down that path after surgery," he said.

The news of the extent of his injury came as a shock to Goldsack, who was initially confident he would be available for round one before scans revealed otherwise.

Magpies football manager Geoff Walsh said: "It's a tough blow for Tyson, who is a senior player in our group and an important one.

"The news came as bit of a shock to everyone, Tyson most of all. He jogged from the field thinking he had hyper-extended the knee."

Goldsack, who made his Magpies debut in 2007, returned to his consistent best last year when he played 20 games.

Collingwood have had bad luck with injuries in pre-season and coach Nathan Buckley confirmed after the Bulldogs game that Daniel Wells (achilles) and Jamie Elliott (ankle) will not be ready for the round-one clash with Hawthorn.

Jordan de Goey has a hamstring injury, while James Aish has a calf problem and Levi Greenwood (knee) is not expected back until round two or three.

Collingwood are 23/20 to beat Hawthorn, who are 3/4.

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