Fremantle utility Anthony Morabito is set to miss another season of AFL football after scans confirmed he had again torn the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.
Morabito, who missed all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to ACL injuries to his left knee, limped off the field at Dockers training on Wednesday morning.
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Fremantle midfielder Anthony Morabito is set to miss third straight season after re-injuring the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee, in an innocuous looking incident at training on Wednesday morning.
The level of concern of the Dockers was apparent by coach Ross Lyon accompanying the 21-year-old as he underwent scans and Fremantle's worst fears were confirmed when it became apparent Morabito had torn the graft of his repaired ACL.
Morabito will now undergo another reconstruction.
"Understandably, Anthony is devastated at the moment and the club will be working extremely closely with him and his family," Fremantle's football operations general manager Chris Bond said.
Morabito's latest injury came in innocuous-looking circumstances, as he moved in to tackle Tanner Smith in a contact drill.
Morabito immediately grabbed at his left leg, before hopping away in obvious pain and frustration.
Former AFL premiership coach David Parkin had been mentoring Morabito for his comeback.
Morabito, 21, has played 23 games for Fremantle, all in his debut year of 2010, in which he emerged as one of the AFL's most promising young players.
Having signed a two-year Dockers deal after his first knee reconstruction, Morabito is contracted until the end of the 2013 season.
But facing the prospect of three consecutive seasons out of the game - assuming he does not opt for radical LARS surgery - Morabito's future in the AFL beyond the end of this season must be very much in question.
Morabito, whose 191-centimetre frame allowed him to play as either a tall midfielder or half-back, had been on track to return to the Dockers line-up in the first round of the NAB Cup next month.