CURSED: Brisbane Lions' Sam Skinner has suffered his third major knee injury.
CURSED: Brisbane Lions' Sam Skinner has suffered his third major knee injury. TONY MCDONOUGH

Knee injuries plague Skinner's young career

BRISBANE youngster Sam Skinner has suffered another major knee injury, rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament for the third time.

The talented 20-year-old defender was hurt in the side's NEAFL clash with the Giants on Saturday afternoon, the third time he has suffered the same knee injury in his young career.

Scans on Tuesday confirmed Skinner had ruptured the ACL in his right knee, having already suffered two separate ACL injuries to his left knee.

"The club is extremely disappointed by another blow to Sam's career after seeing how hard he worked over this last summer to get back and make his debut," the club's football boss David Noble said.

"Sam has shown great resilience and strength of character with his previous injuries. We will provide every support for him and his family from a medical and wellbeing perspective."

Skinner first ruptured his ACL midway through his under-18s campaign, before again hurting the same knee in training just days before he was set to make his senior debut last year.

Taken with pick 47 in the 2015 national draft and, having eventually recovered from his previous injuries, Skinner made his senior debut in round 19 this season.

He kicked two goals from nine disposals, before returning to the NEAFL a week later.

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