St Kilda star Jack Hayes hobbles off with suspected ACL injury in huge blow to Saints coach Brett Ratten after the former concreter made a flying start to life in the AFL
- St Kilda star Jack Hayes has suffered a suspected ACL injury against the Giants
- The 26-year-old has made a brilliant start to life in the AFL this campaign
- However, he appeared to pick up an injury during a marking contest in Q1
- The Saints confirmed ‘The Ox’ picked up a knee injury and could not continue
St Kilda have been dealt a heavy blow after Jack Hayes hobbled off with a suspected ACL injury during the Saints’ game against the Giants.
Hayes, a former concreter from South Australia, has made a flying start to life in the AFL, starring on debut against Collingwood after finally getting a chance at the top level.
Having kicked a goal early on in Canberra, nightmare struck for Hayes after his left knee appeared to buckle during a marking contest in the first quarter.
Jack Hayes has been dealt a devastating blow after hobbling off with a suspected ACL injury
The 26-year-old attempted to run off the niggle but it was clear his knee could not hold up when he attempted to pressure a GWS player in possession and the Saints were forced to withdraw the name nicknamed ‘The Ox’.
St Kilda tweeted: ‘Jack Hayes will take no further part in tonight’s game due to a suspected ACL. Medical sub Jarrod Lienert comes in as his replacement.’
Saints coach Brett Ratten has had to contend with several absences in recent weeks, with Paddy Ryder serving a two-game suspension, Hunter Clark and Jack Billings out with injuries while Zak Jones is playing VFL footy after taking some time out for mental health reasons.
More to follow.
Hayes kicked a goal against the Giants but could not continue after a first quarter collision