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Bad news likely for Black

Geelong utility Aaron Black lies on the ground after injuring his knee in the win over North Melbourne. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

GEELONG coach Chris Scott has all but confirmed the knee suffered by Aaron Black during Saturday’s win over North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium is to his anterior cruciate ligament.

The former Roo was forced from the field during the third quarter clutching his left knee.

“Unfortunately, this doesn’t look good for Aaron,” Scott told Fox Footy. “I had some misplaced confidence post-game.

“I must admit when I saw it I thought the worst.

“He was up and about and moving, and there was some hope post-game, but it looks like it’s an ACL injury of some description.

“Whether it requires surgery and exactly what that procedure’s going to be, we’re not quite sure yet.”

Scott says it’s “devastating” for Black, who was playing just third AFL game of 2018 after only four in his first season at Geelong in 2017.

“I spoke to him yesterday and he’s still pretty upbeat – he’s just that sort of guy,” he said.

“I can’t be more sincere when I say the whole footy club – and even the North Melbourne footy club would really feel for him.

“He’s just a great clubman. Post-game, there was a suspicion he might have done an ACL, he was out on the fence signing autographs for kids.

“If anyone has the right to feel sorry for themselves it’s Aaron, and he just hasn’t shown any side of that.

“It’s disappointing. We’ve got to find a way to stick by him.”

Black, 27, played 50 games and kicked 64 goals for North Melbourne, including 57 goals across 43 games in 2013-14.

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