Blues lose luckless defender for season

Jason Phelan
Carlton's Nic Newman will require surgery after rupturing his patella tendon against the Demons

Carlton will be without Nic Newman for the rest of the 2020 season after the important defender ruptured a patella tendon early in Saturday's gut-wrenching one-point loss to Melbourne.

Newman was taken from the field on a stretcher after he injured his right knee during a contest in the first quarter at Marvel Stadium.

Scans on Sunday confirmed the extent of the injury, with Newman to have season-ending surgery.

"We're really disappointed for Newy, especially after he worked so hard to get back from elbow surgery after round one," Carlton football boss Brad Lloyd said.

"His work rate and professionalism is second-to-none.

"While this is a significant injury, we have full confidence that Newy's approach to his rehab will be first class and we look forward to seeing him back to his best in 2021."

Newman dislocated an elbow in the season-opener against Richmond.

The defender made an instant impact with the Blues following his trade from Sydney, playing 20 games last season.