AFLW: Fremantle Dockers key defender Alex Williams ruptures ACL
The worst news has been confirmed for Fremantle key defender Alex Williams, with scans revealing the AFLW star has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.
Williams came from the ground early in the second quarter of Saturday’s win against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium and took no further part in the game.
Scans yesterday confirmed the initial fears and the 25-year-old is set for surgery as her teammates prepare for Saturday’s crucial final round clash with North Melbourne, which will decide whether the Dockers qualify for a maiden finals campaign.
It comes after Williams also missed East Fremantle’s WAWFL premiership through injury last year.
“We sort of suspected it but it was always fingers crossed that it wasn’t that way,” coach Trent Cooper said today. “Alex found out yesterday so we talked her through it. She is as good as she possibly can be. She just wants to get around the girls and we’ll get around her.
“Really unfortunate for her. She missed out on a premiership for East Fremantle with an injury as well this year.
“We want her to be a long-term player for the club. The girls will be really aware of Alex’s situation and they’ll, what it does is it makes them realise how lucky they are to be out there this week but I don’t think I need to mention anything at all.”
The injury leaves a selection conundrum for the Dockers, with Ebony Antonio a chance to be sent back after spending much of the season up forward, while Laura Pugh is an option to come in.
Kellie Gibson is certain to return from concussion.
Bridget Lacy AAP
The West Australian