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Friday, December 21, 2018

Carlton forward Jarrod Pickett suffers serious knee injury at training

Carlton have suffered a second serious AFL pre-season injury blow with talented youngster Jarrod Pickett rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee.
Pickett’s right leg buckled underneath him early in Thursday’s session at Ikon Park.
Vision showed the talented forward in serious discomfort, before he was lifted onto a golf buggy and driven from the field with his head in his hands.
Pickett, 22, will undergo surgery on Friday and faces a lengthy rehabilitation after copping the injury in a training collision on Thursday - the last session before the Christmas-New Year break.
According to, prized forward Mitch McGovern was also forced from the field after colliding with Dale Thomas, before former Sydney defender Nic Newman was seen with blood pouring from his face.
Carlton have already been forced to rule co-captain Sam Docherty out of the 2019 season after he suffered his second anterior cruciate ligament tear in 12 months in November.
Traded to Carlton from GWS at the end of 2016, Pickett showed his ability in 17 games for the Blues in 2017 but missed much of the 2018 season with a broken wrist.
He had just resumed training with the main group after returning for pre-season training out of shape.
“Our whole club feels for Jarrod, who has worked so hard to get himself back into our AFL program over the last month,” said Carlton’s head of football Brad Lloyd.
In better news for the club, promising key forward Harry McKay has extended his contract with Carlton until 2021.
McKay was taken with pick 10 in the 2015 national draft and has booted 24 goals in 15 games for the Blues.