Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has said it is “tragic” that veteran midfielder Daniel Wells’ career in the AFL might be over.
“It’s very challenging to consider that a bloke as talented as him is potentially not going to get back,” Buckley said on SEN radio Wednesday morning. “It’s tragic. It really is.”
The 34-year-old damaged both the posterior and medial ligaments in his left knee after being tackled by Sydney’s defender Jackon Thurlow in Collingwood’s narrow in last Friday in Sydney. After seeing an orthopaedic surgeon on Sunday, it was decided he would not have surgery that could give him a chance to return before the end of the season. The two-time best and fairest winner will be sidelined for at least three months.
Buckley said the Magpies were aware of his “injury troubles” when they recruited him from North Melbourne two and a half years ago.