Werribee ruckman Nick Nott will miss the remainder of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus.
Nott was assisted from the field after sustaining a knee injury in Werribee’s round-five home loss to Collingwood, with an arthroscope during the week confirming initial fears of a full ACL rupture.
It is an extremely disappointing setback for player and club alike, and the club will now look to support Nott wherever possible as he works through an expected 10-12 month rehabilitation process.
In more positive news, Ethan Petterwood and Jake Sharp have both made successful returns from injury and are expected to be available for VFL selection this week, Petterwood having sat out the Collingwood clash with calf tightness and Sharp having not played since suffering a broken finger in Werribee’s round two homecoming fixture.
Max Augerinos is also on the verge of a long-awaited comeback from his knee reconstruction and could make his playing return at the local level as early as next week.
It is welcome and well-deserved news for the popular young midfielder, who has not played since rupturing his ACL in Werribee’s round-10 loss to Footscray last year.
Across the bye weekend, Werribee’s players still in action in the local leagues emerged relatively unscathed, a calf laceration to Brad Xavier in Keilor’s Essendon District Football League clash with Aberfeldie the only incident of note.
Xavier was unable to complete the game and will miss this weekend but is expected to be available for selection the following week.