Essendon youngster Irving Mosquito has been on the sidelines for 12 months after scans confirmed he broke his anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday’s AFL loss to Geelong am Gabba.
Mosquito, 20, awkwardly twisted his left knee while attempting to attack Cat Tom Stewart in the third quarter and was supported from the ground.
The timing of the injury and long recovery mean that not only will Mosquito’s current season be ended, but his 2021 year will be effectively wiped out – and that he may not appear at AFL levels until 2022.
“This is very disappointing news for both Irving and the club, but we will gather around Irving and offer him our full support,” said Dan Richardson, Essendon’s general manager for football.
“Irving made an impressive debut during our Dreamtime game against Richmond and held his senior-team spot last month.
“Irving needs surgery and the club will fully support him during what is likely to be a traditional 12-month rehabilitation process.”
An exciting sophomore striker, Mosquito made his debut and has played four games that season, scoring two goals.