Midfielder suffers injury setback

Midfielder Alex Smout has suffered an injury setback ahead of the 2019 NEAFL season after scans revealed he fractured his right foot at training on Tuesday.

Midfielder Alex Smout will be sidelined until next year.

The injury is a blow for the 24-year-old who was named Canberra’s ‘Most Consistent Player’ having averaged 29.4 disposals, 5.9 marks and 5.1 clearances in 2018.

Canberra will assess specialists to determine the best course of recovery for Smout, who has showcased his talent since being recruited to the club from Frankston in 2016.

Head-Coach Kade Klemke said the break was caused when Smout attempted to tackle a teammate at training.

"Alex got his leg tangled during a tackling contest at our training session on Tuesday, injuring his right foot," Klemke said.

"He has since undergone scans, he has a Jones fracture of the 5th metatarsal in his right foot."

Speaking exclusively to the club’s website Smout revealed he will be sidelined until at least February.

“The Doctor said no weight bearing for the next 8-weeks, then hopefully I can return to training and start running again in 10-12 weeks,” Smout said.

“In terms of surgery, I’m not sure yet but hopefully not, we will know more in a few days.”

We wish Alex the best in his recovery and look forward to him returning next year.

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