COLAC Otway soccer player Peter Knight is preparing for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after suffering a major knee injury.
Knight, 27, became the first Rover to join the long-term injury list when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament and completely tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
The injury came during the Rovers’ clash with Corio.
“I was running for the ball, a guy of fair size was on my right side, I hit the ball and he kept coming, went through my knee and pushed it inwards,” Knight said.
“I was stuck on the ground holding my knee and I couldn’t straighten it or bend it, it was pretty bad,” he said.
Knight, who works at Colac Safeway, is out of work for three weeks and is seeing a physio twice a week as he prepares to have a full knee reconstruction.
“It limits running, it’ll be six to eight months before I’ll be running again so it’s a long time in the wait,” Knight said.
“There’ll be a lot of physio visits over nine months, working the knee back to full strength,” he said.
Knight said the prospect of missing the Rovers’ remaining seven games of 2011 was a gloomy idea.
“It’s completely disappointing in a lot of ways, I went out to the game against Deakin Uni on the weekend because I enjoy being a part of it,” he said.
The Rovers will hope to continue their top form after winning their second match of the season last round, when they meet Springdale at Geelong’s Lower Oval on Sunday.