Midfielder Anthony Morabito will undergo a radical medical procedure in his bid to return to the AFL with Fremantle.
Morabito requires a third reconstruction of his left knee and, as forecast by thewest.com.au last week, he has opted for the LARS surgery to rapidly increase his recovery time.
Sydney's Nick Malceski had a similar operation and was able to be part of the Swans' premiership team last season.
Morabito, 21, tore his anterior cruciate ligament at Dockers training last week.
Dockers football manager Chris Bond said Morabito needed time to determine whether the LARS surgery was the correct course of action.
In the LARS technique an artificial ligament is used in the anterior cruciate area. Players can return to duty within months rather than having to take the usual 12-month rehabilitation.
“Anthony really just needed some time and space to weigh up his surgery options,” Bond told the club website.
“After discussions with people close to him and the football club, Anthony has decided that this surgery will give him the best chance to resume his playing career.”
Bond said the club wasn’t putting any timeframe on a return date for Morabito.
“Obviously with LARS there’s a shorter timeframe with coming back, but we think he just needs to get back from the surgery and make sure that everything is OK first,” Bond said.
“We’ll see how he recovers from that and then we’ll have a better idea."