The Brisbane Lions confirm defender Keidean Coleman has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) following Friday night’s match against Carlton.

Coleman injured his left knee moments before the end of the second quarter and was then subbed out of the game during the half-time break.The 23-year-old underwent scans on Saturday afternoon which confirmed the initial prognosis. 

“It’s really disappointing news for Keidean, especially in the first game after a strong pre-season and an impressive finals campaign last year,” Lions General Manager Football Danny Daly said.

“However, Kiddy is only young and has a very bright future ahead of him with the Brisbane Lions, which we all look forward to.

“Kiddy is an extremely positive and calm person, so I am confident those traits will no doubt help him get through his recovery over the coming months.

“He of course has the full support of everyone at our Club and we will continue to be right with him every step of the way.

“A special mention also to our incredible Brisbane Lions fans, and fans in general, who have shared their well wishes for Kiddy on social media.”