Wilson ruptures ACL

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Northern Blues captain Tom Wilson has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. (PHOTO: Martin Keep, AFL Victoria)

THE Northern Blues Football Club can confirm captain Tom Wilson has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The incident occurred in the first quarter of Sunday’s Round 5 VFL clash against North Melbourne, with scans on Tuesday confirming the outcome.

The three-time Laurie Hill Trophy winner – who has been a model of consistency in his time at Northern – had started the season in typical form, averaging over 22 disposals a game.

The complete rupture of the ACL means the skipper will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2019 VFL season.

Northern Blues General Manager Ben Brennan said all involved at the Club would support Wilson in any and every way possible.

“We’re obviously really disappointed about Tommy’s injury: he’s the heart and soul of the Club, he’s our captain and someone who gives his all every week,” Brennan said.

“His professionalism in the VFL competition is something that a lot of our younger guys look up to, and we know he’s someone of great character.

“It speaks to him that he was supporting the boys from the bench in the final term on the weekend. That’s the kind of guy and the kind of leader he is.

“‘Willo’ has obviously been so committed over a long period of time: we’ll be supporting him through this every step of the way.

“We are very confident he can make a full comeback and perform at the level again.”