An emotional Zac Williams limped off the field in a moment of devastation for Carlton on Sunday.
Williams was heading into a scoring contest in the first quarter when he suddenly went down with an Achilles tendon injury.
Coaches quickly arrived at the Blue star who was clearly distressed as play was stopped.
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After being helped from the field, Williams sat with his head in his hands on the bench.
“Zac Williams in great distress at the limit A lot of guys on the bench come to comfort him,” said commentator Jude Bolton.
Commentator Brian Taylor said Williams would accept the likelihood that his 2022 season is now over.
Fox Footy’s Jon Ralph said Williams’ latest Achilles injury only added to his horror run.
“Ripped his Achilles tendon in 2018. He’s been battling issues ever since,” Ralph tweeted.
“As recently as two weeks ago, he suffered from Achilles tendon pain.
“Twelve month injury if it’s a proven breakup that she was expecting from everyone.”
st kilda suffered a blow after victory over Geelong on Saturday, with the skipper Jack Steel shelved for up to two months.
Fox Footy’s Jon Ralph reports that Steele needs shoulder surgery after being crushed by a tackle from Cat Jake Kolodjashnij in the second quarter.
He immediately grabbed his shoulder and walked to the bench, where his teammate Jack Higgin had just been replaced by a concussion.
Ralph believes Steele’s AC joint injury will sideline him for six to eight weeks.
Steele bravely returned to the contest in the second half, with his shoulder heavily strapped.
“Amazing he played the game last night,” Ralph tweeted.
Ralph said the Saint star underwent scans on Sunday, with the operation now scheduled for Monday.
The Saints will also miss Jack Higgins in Round 10, with the striker now sidelined for 12 days under AFL concussion protocols.
Saints coach Brett Ratten was full of praise for Steele’s determination to play the game.
“He’s brave,” he said.
“He just wanted himself to go out and compete, which was great.
“It helped us in our rotations.
“He kind of finds a way Jack, it’s to his credit.”