Alex Johnson was immediately dismayed after collapsing on the boundary line. (AAP: Julian Smith)
In a cruel twist of fate, Sydney Swans defender Alex Johnson looks set for another lengthy stint on the sidelines after suffering another apparent ACL injury just a week after playing his first AFL game in almost six years.
The 26-year-old was helped off the field in tears in the first quarter of the Swans’ crucial clash against Melbourne at the MCG, after landing awkwardly during a chase on Demons forward Jesse Hogan.
AFL tweet: Alex Johnson has been assisted from the field after landing awkwardly during a chase on Jesse Hogan. #AFLDeesSwans
Johnson was playing in just his second AFL match since the 2012 grand final — since that game, he has suffered from recurring knee injuries that have forced him to undergo five knee reconstructions.
Sydney’s general manager of football Tom Harley confirmed that it was actually his “good” right knee that was injured, not the left which has cause him so many problems.
“It’s the knee he hasn’t had any trouble with, at this stage it looks like an ACL, which is obviously disappointing for everyone,” Harley said.
Johnson’s fairy-tale comeback from injury seemed to be well on track after he played a crucial role in the Swans’ two-point win over Collingwood last week.
In a positive sign, the defender joined the team huddle at quarter-time, where he was consoled by his team-mates, before making his way to the dressing room.
Johnson has played just 47 AFL games since being picked by the Swans in the third round of the 2010 AFL Draft.
ABC Grandstand tweet: .@timmyhodges “I reckon it’s an ACL guys. He’s just crying. This is sad. The physio’s just given him a hug” on Alex Johnson’s injury. #AFLDeesSwans