Adelaide Crows skipper Nathan van Berlo’ 2014 season looks shot after he was sidelined from training for at least three months after rupturing an achilles tendon.
The 27-year-old suffered the injury in a speed drill at training on Monday and had surgery later that day.
The club issued a short statement detailing the injury, but wouldn’t speculate on how long it will be before the captain will play again.
“At exploratory surgery, the achilles tendon was found to be completely ruptured and has been surgically repaired,” club doctor Andrew Potter said.
“The recovery time for the injury will be at least three months.”
Sports doctor Peter Larkin told FIVEaa’s Sports Show yesterday afternoon it was a season-ending injury.
“The three months is the time out before you start to train again,” he said.
“Then there’s issues of stiffness, infection or other complications.
“You wouldn’t expect him to play a game in the 2014 season.”
List development and strategy general manager David Noble said the injury was an unfortunate setback for van Berlo who had been enjoying a good pre-season.
“But he’s an extremely professional athlete and we know he’ll leave no stone unturned in his recovery,” Noble said.
“We’ll support Nathan and work with him to ensure he’s back on the park as soon as possible.”
Van Berlo has played 182 games in nine seasons for Adelaide and has been captain since 2011.
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