Gold Coast’s key forward Ben King will miss the entire AFL season, with scans confirming he needs a knee reconstruction.
- Ben King tore his ACL in a marking contest at training on Thursday
- Gold Coast football manager Wayne Campbell said the news was “shattering”
- King is out of contract at the end of the season with interest likely to come from Victorian clubs
In a major blow to the Suns’ quest to make the AFL finals for the first time, the gun forward will soon be sent for surgery on his right knee.
King, the linchpin of Gold Coast’s forward line, was hurt in a marking contest at training on Thursday.
Scans revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
“Unfortunately Ben has ruptured his ACL in his right knee in a pretty simple marking contest that he’d been in many times before,” Gold Coast’s football manager Wanye Campbell said in a statement on Friday.
“He’s got a really strong family and we’ve got some really good support around him from the footy club.
“It’s not ideal by any stretch but we know Ben’s strength of character will see him attack the challenge in a positive manner.”
King, the number six pick at the 2018 national draft, has emerged as one of the competition’s premier forwards in his 53 games for the Suns.
He is also out of contract at the end of the season, with interest likely to come from clubs in his native Victoria.
Source: AFL NEWS ABC