Melbourne’s rising star nominee Luke Jackson sidelined after finger surgery
Young West Aussie Luke Jackson will miss at least the next fortnight after scans revealed a fracture in his finger.
The Melbourne rising star, who became the most in-demand young ruckman since Nic Naitanui when taken with pick three in the 2019 AFL Draft, has already undergone surgery.
Demons general manager Alan Richardson said the club expected the 19-year-old to bounce back as the club looks to continue its unbeaten start to 2021.
“It’s an unfortunate hiccup in Luke’s 2021 season, which to date seen him producing some solid and consistent football for us,” Richardson said.
“However, the positive news is that the required surgery was minor and as a result, we expect he will only miss 1-2 games of footy.
“Luke has been a really important contributor for us this year and we look forward to having him back on the field soon.”
Jackson injured his finger in his side’s nine-point win over Sydney.
The young West Aussie has been a standout in 2021, playing in all eight games so far and earning his second Rising Star nomination in round seven.
He’s averaging more than 14 disposals and 10.6 hitouts a game playing as back-up ruckman to star Max Gawn.
Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.
Sign up for our emails