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Knee blow for Giant

 

Geelong West’s Patrick Eastman has suffered a season-ending knee injury. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG West will be without Patrick Eastman when – and if – the 2020 season gets underway.

The Giants’ leading goalkicker last year, Eastman suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament during an intraclub match at Ocean Grove’s Oakdene Estate Oval last Saturday.

He will undergo a full knee reconstruction.

“It’s a big blow for us because Patrick’s a really important player in our football club,” coach Greg Mellor said.

“It was an innocuous change of direction on the weekend and he’s knee went from underneath him.

“We didn’t think it was too bad initially – we had some x-rays, and there was a hopeful prognosis.

“But scans we had earlier this week, unfortunately, revealed the worst possible news.”

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Eastman has been one of the Giants’ most consistent players in recent years, playing 104 of a possible 108 senior games since 2014 for a total of 148 1st XVIII matches.

“He’s in that mid-20s age bracket now and he’s played a lot of senior footy,” Mellor said.

“We’re really disappointed to lose him.”

Meanwhile, Mellor said he felt “numb” at the news of the postponement of local football until at least May 31 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

He admits there is a chance of the GFL season not starting at all.

“Until they can slow (the spread), we’re not exactly what it’s going to look like,” Mellor said.

“I’m imaging everything is on the table and time will dictate where it goes once (the spread) stops, or they find a vaccine.”

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