MELBOURNE’S Gabby Colvin has suffered a devastating blow, rupturing her left anterior crucial ligament at training.
The defender sustained the injury in a tackling drill on Saturday, with scans later confirming a tear, as well as damage to her medial collateral ligament (MCL).
It is the second time she has been dealt the unfortunate news, having sustained injury to the same knee in 2016, before she was drafted.
Senior coach Mick Stinear acknowledged the tough outcome for both Colvin and the club.
“Gabby unfortunately suffered an ACL rupture during Saturday’s training session, whereby she changed direction, in an attempt to lay a tackle, and her left knee gave way,” he told Melbourne Media.
“It is obviously extremely disappointing news for Gabby, who was ready to attack this pre-season, on the back of some great form earlier this year. Being an electrician apprentice, it will also unfortunately impact her career outside of football.
“Gabby is an important part of our group and with her energy, positive attitude and unique personality, she will still play a key role for us this season.
“She is a resilient woman, and we know she will tackle her recovery with great determination, all while supporting the team.
“Her teammates have shown immense care and support in the past couple of days, which will be prevalent throughout her rehab.”
Due to the nature of the injury, Colvin has been placed on the club’s inactive list, ruling her out of the upcoming AFL Women’s season. The Demons will now have the opportunity to sign a replacement player.
Colvin, who has part of Melbourne’s Grand Final line-up in April, has played 25 games for the club.