One of the brightest young stars of the season of the competition is over before embarking on a “bloody deflationary blow” for the Lions

AFL: The number of injuries from the preseason continues to rise after the young Lions rifle Cam Rayner clutched his knee in pain

Cam Rayner of the Lions leaves the field injured during the AFL Community Series game between the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium (Photo by Matt Roberts / AFL Photos / via Getty Images) Credit: Getty Images

The AFL community was broken on Monday night when Cam Rayner – cited by many as a tip for joining the competition’s elite in 2021 – likely ruined his season with a suspected ACL tear

Rayner tumbled onto the lawn of Metricon Stadium in the second quarter of Brisbane’s 28-point win over Gold Coast in the pre-season AAMI Community Series clash The early diagnosis by Lions medical staff is that they will need knee reconstruction

It comes after a brutal preseason in which Eagles’ Zac Langdon recruited badly and a multitude of other players drowned in brutal competitions

Rayner, the No. The 2017 1 draft pick will be scanned Tuesday to assess the extent of the damage, but Brisbane fears the worst after Rayner’s foot went in the opposite direction to his leg and he doubled over on the floor in pain

He was judged immediately and was visibly annoyed before returning to the bench with a badly iced knee

Cam Rayner is helped off the field after a knee injury (Photo by Chris Hyde / Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

The Lions were 29 points behind against Fierce Suns towards the end of the second season, but Brisbane scored the next 11 goals to go home The Rayner injury dampened the win significantly as his flashy preseason made him ready to start at a new level in 2021

Fagan said the club as a whole are “sad” about Rayner’s fate, but his teammates could dedicate their campaign to the popular midfielder / striker who faces the big occasions

“You will be very disappointed for him, there is no doubt about that, but in other ways you will likely be inspired to move up to another level,” said Fagan

“He’s a good man, a very popular teammate. He’s the first one when someone is a little down he’s the first to pick them up, dust them off, and encourage them, so we’ll be doing a lot of this over the next few weeks

The sight of Rayner distraught and grabbing a knee is heartbreaking Just shit on so many levels

“It’s not great I saw it, I thought it was an ACL This is what our physios think, of course we have to do scans and do it all, but this is how it looks this time, which is a real shame

“I assume he would stand out as a player, Cam Rayner He had such a good preseason so it’s disappointing to him that this happened

“However, it will strengthen his character. I know that he will continue to show around our footy club. He will try to find a way to make the most of this opportunity’ ’

Cam Rayner hides his face as reality strikes (Photo by Matt Roberts / AFL Photos / via Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

Fagan said the way Brisbane rebounded from a dismal first half was encouraging as the Swans waited for the Lions in Round 1

“It’s probably something that we as a team haven’t really done much in the last four years. We talked about the possibility of doing this at halftime We still wanted to try to win the second half because we were very poor in the first half and they were really good, “he said

“They attacked the footy, they hunted in packs, their pace was up so it was good to have this conversation I thought some of our leaders really got up this third quarter, like (Dayne) Zorko, Lachie Neale ”

Gold Coast senior coach Stuart Dew said his squad got blasted out of the park after halftime, but stated that sophomore year Matt Rowell was a bit of a starter to the first round

“He’s good to go (for round one) we were able to manage his minutes he felt really good, “said Dew

“On his own terms he thought he was a little rusty, but he’s a tough marker for himself, last week he was always on track for this position and good to have him back

“We definitely dropped out. We controlled the ball in the first half and probably missed opportunities in the end. There was a barrage in the third quarter We let them in.” they were polar opposites ”

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