AFL: Sam Naismith suffers injury setback

Sam Naismith suffered an injury blow at training on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Hardin
Sam Naismith suffered an injury blow at training on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Hardin

Gunnedah product and Sydney Swans ruckman Sam Naismith has suffered a blow on the eve of the premiership season injuring his knee at training on Wednesday. 

Scans have revealed the 25-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during a training drill at Lakeside Oval and will likely require a knee reconstruction, ruling him out of the season. 

Swans Head of Football Tom Harley said it’s clearly a disappointing outcome. 

“Obviously this is a disappointing setback for Sam so close to the start of the new season,” Harley said.

“Sam was involved in a fairly routine training drill when his knee innocuously 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.”

Naismith will undergo further medical assessment before deciding on the next course of action. 

The Swans JLT Community Series clash against GWS on Friday night was to be Naismith’s first game of the season.

He was a last-minute withdrawal from last weekend’s game against Brisbane with a tight back.