Roo out for year, six Saints return

Steve Salajan is back after missing the past eight weeks.

South Colac has copped a massive blow ahead of tomorrow’s Colac district qualifying final against Birregurra, while the Saints could welcome back six key players.

Roos coach Josh Black confirmed this week that reigning best-and-fairest winner Tom McKean needed surgery on a ruptured patella, sidelining him for six to 12 months.

McKean dislocated his knee against Otway Districts a fortnight ago.

“He’s gone for the year,” Black said.

“It was a dislocated knee and it went straight back in, so we were hoping he hadn’t done any structural damage,” he said.

“Best case scenario with an injury like that he could have played a week later, but worst case is structural damage.

“There was never any middle ground.”

Black said the injury was another cruel blow for McKean, who injured the rotator cuff in his shoulder earlier in the season, “and he’s had a couple of hammies too, it’s been a tough year for him”.

Black said losing McKean would be a blow for the team’s premiership aspirations.

“It’s massive, he’s the reigning best-and-fairest winner, and someone I rate really highly,” he said.

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