Carlton, Caleb Marchbank, Injury News

Less than a week after his long-awaited return to the AFL, injured Carlton defender Caleb Marchbank is ready for another term after his body failed him again.

Marchbank has played its first senior match in almost three years since Carlton beat Ascendon at the MCG last Friday, but a meeting with an expert on Monday over knee complaints has led to even more horrific news.

Scans confirmed that the 25-year-old had a lateral meniscus tear that would require surgery, and would have to stay on the sidelines for another six to eight weeks after returning to the club’s injury list from 1069 days.

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Carlton footy boss Brad Lloyd said: “Caleb is obviously really disappointed, because as a football club we all know how hard Caleb has worked to get himself back and prepare to play at an elite level.”

“There was more than a fair share of the club’s misfortune, which makes the news hard to hear.

“But as we all saw on Friday night, he is more capable than performing at the level and all we can do is support him during this period of his recovery.

“We have no doubt that Carlton will faithfully do the same.”

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Marchbank has made eight settlements and four marks against Ascendon in its first game since Round 16, 2019.

A broken vertebra removed him in July 2019, before a bone wound in his knee wiped him out for the entire 2020 season.

He then dashed his entire 2021 AFL campaign, tearing up an ACL in the VFL.

Marchbank has played 49 senior games with GWS and Carlton since its debut in 2015.

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