Keeffe is positive despite injury
LACHLAN Keeffe will spend the rest of the AFL season on the sideline after injuring his right knee playing against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.
The Gympie defender was stretchered off the ground after colliding with Crows forward Kurt Tippett early in the final quarter of the Magpies' big away win.
Yesterday morning, Keeffe had scans to determine how bad the injury was and his father, Gympie businessman Matt Keeffe, said they confirmed the team doctor's diagnosis and the families worst fears.
Matt said the scans showed Keeffe had damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and would need reconstructive surgery.
He will go under the knife this morning in Melbourne.
A worst case scenario will see Keeffe have 12 months off football after surgery but some footballers are back running after nine months.
Despite the season-ending injury, Matt said his son was still very positive about his AFL future.
He had just signed an upgraded contract with Collingwood until the end of 2014.
"After the game he was up singing the team song with his team-mates and he caught the plane home with the team with some discomfort," Matt said.
"He is very positive even though it is not wonderful news.
"He knows he just has to get on with it and is looking forward to getting into rehab."
Matt said Lachlan was in the best place to recover from the knee injury.
"The help and support you get from Collingwood is top shelf," he said.
"They have about four others out with knee problems - it has been a freak run for them."
It has been a breakthrough year for Keeffe.
He has played every pre-season game and every senior game in the AFL this year.
His continual improvement for the club as a tall defender had cemented his spot in the side for the rest of the season.
But his rise up the AFL ranks hasn't come easy according to his father.
He said his son had been working hard on his skills, diet and making the most of the special chance he had been given with Collingwood.
"He is absolutely loving it," Matt said.
"He knows he is fortunate and he is being very disciplined and working very hard."
It is Lachlan's fifth year in the system at Collingwood.
"Collingwood has been very faithful to him and he has been faithful to them, now he is starting to repay them with form on the field," Matt said.
Keeffe joins Collingwood midfielder Luke Ball, defender Brent Macaffer and high-flyer Andrew Krakouer as the fourth 'Pies player to suffer a season-ending knee injury this year.