Naismith out for the season

07 March 2018 04:24:26 EST

Sydney Swans ruckman Sam Naismith will miss the whole of the AFL season due to a serious knee injury.

Naismith was hurt at training on Wednesday and scans have confirmed he will require a full knee reconstruction.

The absence of the 25-year-old deals a massive blow to the Swans ruck stocks. His loss, coupled with the sudden retirement of Kurt Tippett in late January, leaves the club with Callum Sinclair and Darcy Cameron as their only ruck options.

Sinclair is set to miss the JLT Community Series clash with Greater Western Sydney in Blacktown on Friday after he suffered an ankle injury in the win against Brisbane.

Naismith, who was a late withdrawal from last week's meeting with the Lions with back soreness, went down shortly after the Swans' match simulation began and was helped off the track by medical staff.

It continues his run of bad luck - he's managed just 28 games in his five seasons because of chronic groin problems, and knee injuries.

Naismith missed the whole of the 2015 season, but was an impressive performer last year when he played 15 games.

Sydney's head of football Tom Harley said: "Obviously this is a disappointing setback for Sam so close to the start of the new season. Sam was involved in a fairly routine training drill when his knee twisted, causing a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament.

"While this is an unfortunate injury for Sam, we know he's an absolute professional when it comes to his preparation and recovery and he will no doubt do everything possible to make sure he recovers from this injury."

Sydney are 5/1 to win the AFL Grand Final, while the Swans are 31/50 to finish in the top four.

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