Bulldogs confirm ACL tear for Murphy

Bulldogs confirm ACL tear for Murphy

The Western Bulldogs have confirmed skipper Bob Murphy tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the dying stages of Sunday’s three-point loss to Hawthorn.

Coach Luke Beveridge was resigned to losing Murphy for an extended period when he spoke to reporters on Monday, with scans since confirming the 33-year-old has ruptured an ACL and also sustained medial ligament damage.

Murphy must decide between ligament augmentation reconstruction system (LARS) surgery that could see him return later this year or a traditional reconstruction that would rule him out for the rest of the season.

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