Morabito opts for LARS surgery

Sportal January 16, 2013, 3:07 pm
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The Fremantle Dockers have revealed 21-year-old midfielder Anthony Morabito will undergo LARS surgery on his troublesome left knee.

Morabito has missed the past two seasons due to repeated anterior cruciate ligament injuries in his left knee, which required full reconstructions and suffered yet another setback last week when he injured himself during pre-season training.

While reports had suggested Morabito might retire from football, having played just 23 AFL games, Fremantle's general manager of football operations Chris Bond has revealed the former Peel Thunder midfielder will undergo the alternative LARS procedure to try and save his career.

"Anthony really just needed some time and space to weigh up his surgery options," Bond said in a written statement released by Fremantle on Wednesday.

"After discussions with people close to him, the football club and medical experts, Anthony has decided that this surgery will give him the best chance to resume his playing career."

The surgery is set to be performed in Sydney early next week.

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  1. Tony the One and Only10:39am Friday 18th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Give it up kid, I admire your courage and fight and resolve, but come on..come back for what??..I dont care who you are or what sport your talking about, 3 MAJOR knee injuries is gonna take away from what your body is capable of doing. Im quite sure that with surgery, and rehab you'll be able to walke and run around again, but will your body be able to do what your mind tells it to??..Can you teach yourself how to play not being able to be what you've always been??..Tough road ahead kid, footy is a a great sport, the chance to play in the AFL doesnt come to many, but you've gotta take your future your body into consideration it worth the risk of not being able to walk prematurely??

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    David04:48pm Wednesday 16th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    You have to feel sorry for the kid. I am a Demon supporter but it does not matter who you barrack for, a young talented footballer like Morabito desrves to be able to fulfil his dreams. I hope the surgery is successful and he plays well against every team except the Dees. Good Luck Anthony.