GWS defender out for year with bizarre injury


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Scans have revealed that Matt Buntine has been playing with a partially torn ACL for years. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

GWS GIANTS defender Matt Buntine will miss the remainder of the 2017 season after scans for an injury suffered at training revealed a bizarre set of circumstances.

Buntine injured his right knee in a training session on Wednesday and then went in for scans, which revealed he had been playing with a partially torn ACL for several years.

The defender will undergo a full conventional knee reconstruction next week and miss the rest of the season.

“After feeling some discomfort at training on Wednesday, Matt underwent scans to initially investigate what was thought to be a meniscus injury, but these scans revealed a partially torn ACL that appears to be a pre-existing injury,” Giants GM of football Wayne Campbell said.

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“This is obviously quite a rare set of circumstances, given there has been no cause to investigate any injury in relation to Matt’s knee before this and it appears he’s been playing with it for a number of years.

“This is obviously devastating news for Matt and we will now map out the best rehabilitation course for him to return to his best.

“Matt is a person of great integrity and character and has the full support of the entire club during this challenging time.”

Buntine has played 41 games over six seasons at the Giants, never playing more than 12 games in a single year (2016). He was drafted with Pick 5 in the 2011 national draft out of Berwick.

Originally published as GWS defender out for year with bizarre injury