Collingwood forward Andrew Krakouer could miss the entire 2012 season after it was revealed he will have to undergo knee surgery; this development is something that will alter significantly the areas in which pundits will invest money when they attempt to bet on Aussie rules.
The 29-year-old visited top surgeon Dr Julian Feller to assess the extent of his knee problem and despite not speaking to reporters, was said to be in good spirits following the meeting.
It has since been confirmed he will now have a traditional knee reconstruction which would normally rule a player for out for around 12 months.
It has been suggested that he could undergo LARS (Ligament Augmentation Reconstruction System) that may have helped him get back to action quickly but his club now say this wasn’t an option as the lateral ligament needed to be surgically repaired.
The forward ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s practice match at Simmonds Stadium after making a surprise return to training last week.
He had previously been on leave from the club due to personal reasons and it now looks as if his career could be about arrive at a vital stage after his superb 2011 season.
It has been revealed that he has been under severe mental stress that has now been partly attributed to the numerous knocks to the head he has received throughout his career.
Dr Peter Larkins says the psychological stress of battling back from a knee reconstruction cannot be underestimated and says that Krakouer now faces a massive battle, both mentally and physically.
“Part of the stress of coming back from a knee reconstruction is the psychological stress” Larkins said. “We say its a two year injury, not a one year injury.”
“If you’ve got other issues to deal with the 12 month process does not help”.
Live Aussie rules fans will keep track on these developments with much interest.