THE season is over for Collingwood premiership defender Tyson Goldsack who will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
The 30-year-old sustained the injury in the final minutes of the Magpies’ final pre-season hit-out against the Western Bulldogs in Moe last Saturday.
“It’s a tough blow for Tyson who is a senior player in our group and an important one,” said Pies football manager Geoff Walsh.
“The news came as a bit of a shock to everyone, Tyson most of all. He jogged from the field thinking he had hyper-extended the knee.”
“For him and us, it’s a bitter reminder of how tough our game can be.”
Taken with pick 63 at the 2006 National Draft, Goldsack has played 161 matches for the Magpies, including the 2010 premiership triumph over St Kilda, when he was brought into the team for the Grand Final replay following the previous week’s draw.
Goldsack signed a one-year contract extension for 2018 last September after returning to his best form and playing 20 games for the club.
Collingwood has been beset by injuries this pre-season, with gun forward Jamie Elliott (ankle) and midfielders Daniel Wells (Achilles) and James Aish (calf) on modified programs and confirmed to miss the round one clash against Hawthorn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday March 24.
Emerging midfielder Jordan De Goey sustained a hamstring injury in a tackling drill at VFL training last week and is expected to be out of action for two to four weeks.