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Less than a week after his long-awaited return to the AFL, injury-plagued Carlton defender Caleb Marchbank is set for another spell out of the game after his body let him down again.

Marchbank played their first senior game in nearly three years as Carlton beat Essendon at the MCG last Friday, but a meeting with a specialist on Monday due to a knee complaint led to more dire news.

Scans have confirmed the 25-year-old has a torn lateral meniscus which would require surgery, leaving him facing a further six to eight weeks on the sidelines just after his 1,069-day return to the club’s injured list.

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Carlton, Caleb Marchbank, injury news

“Caleb is understandably very disappointed, as we are as a football club, given how hard we all know Caleb has worked hard to recover and be ready to play at elite level,” the football boss said. of Carlton, Brad Lloyd.

“Caleb has had more than his fair share of bad luck, which makes this news hard to hear.

“But as we all saw on Friday night, he is more than capable of performing at the level and all we can do is support him through this recovery period.

“We have no doubt the Carlton faithful will do the same.”

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Marchbank picked up eight eliminations and four points against Essendon, in their first game since Round 16, 2019.

A fractured vertebra sidelined him in July 2019, before bone bruises in his knee erased him from the entire 2020 season.

He then ruptured an ACL in the VFL, wiping out his entire 2021 AFL campaign.

Marchbank has played 49 senior matches for GWS and Carlton since making his debut in 2015.

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