Second-year player Bella Smith will miss the upcoming AFLW season after rupturing her left ACL and MCL on Saturday.

Smith sustained the knee injury during a match simulation drill during Saturday’s pre-season training session.

Scans over the weekend confirmed the injury, with Smith set to meet with surgeons this week.

Brisbane Lions Head of Women’s Football Breeanna Brock said that it was a devastating blow for the talented 18-year-old.

“It’s difficult news for Bella and the Club, and the entire AFLW program is heartbroken for her,” Brock said.

“Bella has spent the last few months preparing for her second AFLW season and to have it cut short before it even begins is a cruel blow.

“Despite her injury, Bella is in good spirits and the Club will rally around her and provide her with our full support during her recovery.”

Head Coach Craig Starcevich said that the Sunshine Coast product had been progressing well over the past few months.

“We’re all really disappointed for Bella given how far she has come with her football over the winter months in the QAFLW, playing for Maroochydore,” Starcevich said.

“Bella has been in great shape this pre-season and over the past few weeks was looking comfortable among our strong midfield group, so to have her season over before it’s even started is devastating for both her and the team.”

Smith will be placed on the inactive list for Season 7, with a replacement player to be announced in the coming weeks.