Western Bulldogs star forward Isabel Huntington will not return in season 2022 after rupturing her right ACL graft.
The 22-year-old sustained the injury during the second quarter of Saturday’s opening round loss to Melbourne, with scans also confirming damage to her lateral meniscus.
Huntington will undergo a surgical consult this week.
“We are absolutely devastated for Izzy – she is a much-loved figure at the Kennel, and everyone is well aware of her injury battles, so we’re just heartbroken for her,” General Manager of Women’s Football, Debbie Lee, said.
“She worked extremely hard this preseason to get herself ready for this year, so it’s a real shame her 2022 campaign has been cut short.
“Izzy is a true professional though, and having been through this twice before she will know what’s required of her.
“As a Club, we’ll continue to support her and the family in any way we can.”
Since being drafted with pick one in 2017, Huntington has played 20 games in the red, white and blue.
She finished third in the Bulldogs’ best and fairest count last year, after claiming the NAB AFLW Rising Star award and All Australian selection in 2020.