K rock Football

Another knee issue for Kershaw

St Joseph’s star Riley Kershaw in action against Bell Park in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ST JOSEPH’S is “99.9 per cent sure” Riley Kershaw has suffered another ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

The triple-premiership star will undergo scans on the same knee he injured late in the 2019 season in the coming days after being forced from the ground in Joeys’ 20-point win over Lara at Drew Oval.

“It was a really sad day for the footy club,” dejected coach Paul Carson said.

“Everyone’s feeling it on behalf of Kersh. We’re pretty shattered for him.

“There was nothing in it. He was in a contest, stopped to pivot, and just went down.

“He knew straight away he wasn’t great.”

Carson labelled the win “ugly”, as St Joseph’s kicked inaccurately in an 8.22 (70) to 7.8 (50) victory.

“It was a shocking day,” he said.

“But, credit to Lara. They played really well and were a bit cleaner than us.

“The only positive is that we got the four points.”

Joeys now turn their attention to a match-up with fellow finals aspirants Geelong West in Round 6.

“We’ll need to be better than we were today,” Carson said.

“It’s hard to get a gauge on where West are at. They’ve been really competitive, with three wins to date.

“We expect a really good challenge next Saturday.”

Young forward Finn McCombe didn’t see out the win over the Cats with a minor hamstring issue.

However, Carson expects to welcome back premiership duo Reid Adams and Josh Hovey, while Jack Mentha, Clem Nagorcka and Josh O’Dwyer are also closing in on returns.

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