Fremantle’s Leah Mascall will miss the 2021 AFLW season after scans confirmed she has ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament for the third time.
Mascall injured her left knee, the opposite knee to the ACL tear she sustained early in the 2019 WAFLW season playing for Subiaco.
The defender was in the middle of a match simulation drill with her teammates when her knee buckled.
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The 30-year-old also injured her ACL during the 2016 state league season, effectively cruelling her draft chances ahead of the league’s inaugural season.
Fremantle AFLW manager Darryn Fry said Mascall was assessing her options around surgery.
“Leah will meet with the surgeon this week to discuss her options regarding surgery after scans confirmed she has sustained an ACL injury,” Fry said.
“This is obviously very disappointing for Leah and for Fremantle and we will support her fully through the rehabilitation process.” Mascall has managed 19 games across three seasons at the club.