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Port's Ebert needs knee reconstruction

By Steve Larkin 22/08/2010 06:39:21 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide goalsneak Brett Ebert is considering the use of a synthetic ligament to repair a reconstructed knee - and has a nearby advocate in David Rodan.

Ebert tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during Port's 29-point win over Melbourne on Sunday.

The 26-year-old will decide within days whether to opt for a conventional knee reconstruction or follow his teammate Rodan and have LARS surgery - the ligament augmentation and reconstruction system.

Rodan ruptured his ACL in December last year, but with the help of the surgery was able to return to Port's 22 by round six of the 2010 AFL season.

Port coach Matthew Primus said tests on Monday would confirm Ebert's injury.

"The docs are pretty sure that he's done that, normally once they do their test they are 99 per cent sure," Primus said.

"We'll discuss surgery, whether he has the LARS or the old fashioned one.

"It's not great, Brett is a leading goalkicker ... but he'll bounce back from it, I'm sure.

"We have had a few other players go through it and it depends what road he goes down.

"I'm sure he'll bounce back and be back at some stage next year, whether it's the middle or the year or the start of the year." Ebert, a 138-game veteran, faces a year on the sidelines by choosing conventional knee surgery.

But that timeframe is reduced to four to six months by the LARS option pioneered in AFL ranks by Sydney's Nick Malceski and used with great success by Rodan.

Carlton's Brad Fisher has also undergone the procedure.

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