Isaac Heeney Suffers Season-Ending Injury In More Bad News For Sydney Swans
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Isaac Heeney is set to miss the rest of the 2020 AFL season in another devastating blow for Sydney.
The Swans have confirmed that both Heeney and star midfielder Josh Kennedy face lengthy stints on the sidelines after the duo sustained nasty injuries during the team's damning defeat at the hands of Richmond.
The extent of the pair's injuries was revealed in a statement released by the club on Monday.
"Sydney Swans co-captain Josh Kennedy will be sidelined for at six weeks while high-flying forward Isaac Heeney is set to miss the rest of the season, after the pair suffered injuries in Sunday's loss to Richmond," officials said.
"Heeney will require surgery after scans revealed he has suffered a dislocation and ruptured the medial ligament in his ankle.
"The prognosis is also as feared for Kennedy, who has ruptured the medial ligament in his knee. While the No 12 won't need surgery he will be required to wear a brace for several weeks."
The double injury blow is yet more bad news for Swans head coach John Longmire, whose side have secured just two points from their first six games.
"Isaac is having an ankle operation this afternoon as he has a ruptured medial ligament in his ankle and also the tendon tunnel in his ankle has been ruptured," Longmire said.
"He is out for the year as he will be in a moon boot for the next eight weeks.
"Isaac works so hard on his game, he plays a lot of the time with all sorts of injuries no one would know and he is as hard as.
"When he went down with an injury after the game I knew it was significant because he is tough."
Co-Captain Josh Kennedy will be sidelined for at six weeks while high-flying forward Isaac Heeney is set to miss the rest of the season :sleepy:- Sydney Swans (@sydneyswans) July 13, 2020
With the result ending 34-26, the Swans' weekend defeat at the hands of the Tigers was the lowest scoring AFL game in 24 years.
Richmond boss Damien Hardwick labelled his team's win as a "horrendous game of football".
"There's no doubt about that. It was hard to watch, it was hard to play, it was incredibly frustrating," he said.
"Unfortunately it's sometimes how games pan out. You have a lot of players in one D50, they can't get out and we can't score. I think we had 50 odd inside 50s for what was it, four or five goals. Which is farcical in nature really."