Demons suffer fifth ACL injury in AFLW

Anna Harrington

Melbourne have suffered another major AFLW injury blow with defender Sarah Lampard the fifth Demon to suffer an ACL injury this season.

Lampard tore her left ACL in the third quarter of Melbourne's loss to Carlton in Alice Springs on Saturday night.

She joins Maddie Guerin, Ainslie Kemp, Shae Sloane and Katherine Smith as Demons to have suffered the dreaded injury this season.

Lampard had previously torn her right ACL in 2018.

"It's obviously a devastating blow for Sarah, particularly given it's her second ACL injury," AFLW football manager Daniel McPherson said.

"Sarah is an incredibly hard worker, and it's really tough to see her faced with this outcome again.

"She is a terrific character, and a great leader within our playing group. We are confident her resilient nature will get her through the challenges ahead, and we will be doing everything we can to support her along the way."

Meanwhile the Demons confirmed Irish recruit Sinead Goldrick had avoided major damage to her quad, after sitting out the second half of the Carlton loss.