Gold Coast have today confirmed that young ruckman Zac Smith will miss the remainder of the 2013 season after scans on Monday revealed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
The 23-year-old injured is knee and what appeared to be an inconspicuous incident 20 minutes in to the opening term. After being assessed by medical staff Smith returned to the field and continued to play up until half time when it was decided he would be subbed out of the match.
“Unfortunately the scans have shown that Zac will require reconstructive surgery to his right knee.” said Marcus Ashcroft, General Manager of Football Operations.
“Zac and the club’s medical team will meet with the surgeon to determine when he will undergo surgery.”
The Suns recorded their second consecutive win against the Bulldogs on Saturday nigh. It was the first time in the clubs short history that they have wn two games in a row.
They now face a big dilemma though with Smith out and Charlie Dixon only an outside chance to play in round 9 the Suns will be stretched in the ruck.