Melbourne Rebels winger Lachlan Mitchell will be sidelined for the rest of the Super Rugby season after suffering a fractured knee last Friday night in the match against the Waratahs.
Mitchell's knee was twisted in a tackle and fallen on top of in the first half of the game at Allianz Stadium, with reports and scans from the club this week confirming the severity of the injury.
To rub salt in the wounds, the injury came in Mitchell's 50th appearance for the Melbourne Rebels -- the first player to achieve this milestone at the club.
The setback comes at a bad time for the Rebels, with an increasing injury list rapidly building from their last two games.
Props Toby Smith and Laurie Weeks have both suffered concussions in the last fortnight, fullback Jason Woodward injured his knee against the Crusaders two weeks ago, while Telusa Veainu (knee) and Lopeti Timani (thumb) were both injured in matches in the Victorian Dewar Shield this week, with both players expected to be out until May.
More importantly, these injuries come on the eve of the Rebels big clash with 2013 grand finalists and current Australian conference leaders the ACT Brumbies at AAMI Park on Friday night.
It will be a test of both depth and character for Tony McGahan's side, especially considering the poor performances from the Rebels in their last three matches; with an almost-full strength team on each occassion.
How will the Rebels handle having a depleted squad? Is their enough depth to cover for losses of key players?
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