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Nyak knee blow

Geelong West defender Titit Nyak has suffered another serious knee injury.
(Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TITIT Nyak is facing another year on the sidelines with the talented Geelong West defender set to undergo the second knee reconstruction of his short career.

Scans have confirmed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament on his “good” knee following after landing awkwardly in the Giants’ Round 2 GFL win over Grovedale at West Oval on April 9.

He also suffered a slight tear to his medial collateral ligament.

“It’s unfortunate for Titit. He’d had a massive pre-season, got himself really fit and strong after not playing any senior footy last year off the back of a shoulder reconstruction,” coach Greg Mellor said.

“He did his knee in 2017 …  he hasn’t played much footy in the last five years.

“It’s a real shame. Young men shouldn’t be sitting on the sidelines.

“But, he’s an extremely positive and very resilient young man.”

Mellor said an offer of a match-day role is in Nyak’s hands.

“When you’re going through these things, the mental anguish is the hardest,” he said. “You never really know until you’re going through it yourself exactly how it suits you and fits you.

“We’ve offered it up to him to do some work with the backline if he wants it.

“But it just needs him to take some time and see where he’s at and what he feels comfortable doing.”

West will chase consecutive wins when it hosts Newtown & Chilwell as part of a GFL-GDFL double-header.

With Nyak out and Tannar Stone serving the first week of a four-match ban, Ethan Liddle returns, and Josh Buck will play his senior match of the season.

Noah Gribble and David Handley will again be in VFL action when Gribble’s Werribee meets Handley’s Carlton at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to consecutive five-goal hauls from Lachie Bond, the Eagles have been impressive in seeing off Bell Park and Leopold in the opening two rounds.

That earnt the Maryborough product a Geelong VFL call-up on Easter Weekend.

However, with the Cats’ bye, he will be at Damien McMahon’s disposal, with Mellor indicating Brayden Maurer will get the first crack at the Suto Medal contender.

“Bond has been playing really good footy, and he played well last week at the VFL level, too,” Mellor said.

“I suspect that Newtown mightn’t see a lot of him after this week.”

The match is the third of five games on West Oval tomorrow, with the bounce at 1:10pm.

The Giants and Eagles will clash at under 18, reserve and senior level, followed by the Giants GDFL section’s match-ups with Anakie.

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