AFL: Charlie Curnow is set to miss the first half of the AFL season after a slower than expected recovery from knee surgery.
Charlie Curnow is unlikely to play for Carlton until the middle of the 2020 season. (AAP Image/Daniel Pockett)Source:AAP
Charlie Curnow has let down his teammates, fans and Carlton as a whole according to Port Adelaide champion Kane Cornes.
The star Blues forward is likely to miss the first half of the 2020 season, with the club admitting his timeline for a comeback was unknown, after suffering a broken patella in his knee.
Curnow has injured his knee three times in the last nine months, but only one of those occasions was during an AFL match – in Round 15 last year against Fremantle.
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The 23-year-old then dislocated his patella while playing basketball with friends in October, before slipping on tiles while walking up stairs in November.
It was the latter two incidents that led Cornes to declare Curnow had let the Blues down in an article for SEN.
“I’ll be shocked if he’s back in the AFL side before July,” Cornes wrote.
“Curnow played only 11 games in 2019 due to injury, yet thought it was a good idea to play basketball in the off-season … the Blues’ most talented player will hardly feature this year, due to injuries that have nothing to do with playing football.”
Charlie Curnow will miss much of the 2020 season. (AAP Image/Daniel Pockett)Source:AAP
Cornes compared Curnow’s situation to that of Ollie Wines last year, when a waterskiing injury saw him miss early games.
“I am 100% right on this,” Cornes declared.
“Despite the public stance, I know a number of key football staff at Port Adelaide were disappointed with Wines last year, and I’d be shocked if there aren’t some within the walls at Ikon Park that don’t feel the same way about Curnow and his off-field activities.
“The Carlton fans who inject thousands of dollars into the Carlton coffers each year have a right to be livid.
“There are sacrifices that you must make as a highly paid (professional) athlete … Curnow has let his club, teammates and supporters down.
“Hopefully the rest of the players in the competition learn from his and Wines’ mistakes.”
Curnow has played 58 matches for Carlton, but managed just 11 last season. He has kicked 77 goals for his career.