FREMANTLE Dockers midfielder Anthony Morabito will miss the rest of the 2012 season after re-injuring his reconstructed left knee at training last Friday.
Morabito, who was snared with pick No.4 in the 2009 national draft, hasn’t played an AFL match since undergoing a knee reconstruction after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a pre-season training drill in December 2010.
Morabito will undergo a second reconstruction on his injured left knee, after the 20-year-old visited a specialist yesterday and had an MRI scan.
Morabito will head into surgery tomorrow according to reports from the Fremantle Football Club.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said on 6PR on Monday night “it definitely doesn’t look great [but] we’ve sent him to Melbourne to fully investigate it.”
“He’s a special young player and he’s had a rough run. When we get the specialist results we’ll keep everyone informed.”
The AFL-listed player from Peel Thunder has suffered a series of setbacks in his rehabilitation, including a recent concussion after an off-the-ball hit involving South Fremantle’s Toby McGrath in the WAFL which delayed his return to AFL ranks.
Morabito’s came back to football in round three this season, playing his first game in more than 18 months with Peel Thunder reserves.
He continued averaging 18 disposals a week as he moved up into the league.
However, he suffered a grade-one hamstring tear in the WAFL one week later and was sidelined until round nine.
Fremantle team mate Michael Barlow expressed his hopes on Twitter on Monday that Morabito’s injuries were not serious.
“Fingers crossed for Mora with his latest injury setback! Has shown amazing strength of character through his unthinkable run of bad luck,” Barlow tweeted.