Sydney midfielder Nick Malceski could miss the 2008 home and away season after he injured his knee during the third quarter of todays 2 point loss against Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium. The 23-year-old will have scans tomorrow which are expected to confirm a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The devistating injury occurred when Malceski turned to avoid a tackle with his right knee buckling under the weight and pressure. Once the scans confirm the injury Malceski it’s expected he will have a full knee reconstruction.

If he does need a knee construction he will be familiar with the process after having a knee construction as a teenager.

Sydney coach Paul Roos confirmed it is a suspected ACL after the game. “The doctors are pretty certain (it’s an ACL) so it looks like he’ll be out for a little while,” Roos said. “It was really more a twisting motion than anything else. It’s really unfortunate for the kid.”

Expect Sydney to rest more key players in this weeks NAB Challenge match against Port Adelaide at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday.