Edenhope-Apsley product Tom McDonald is likely to miss the rest of the 2019 season after scans confirmed the forward tore his meniscus during Melbourne's five-point win against Carlton on Sunday.
The untimely injury ended an impressive return to form for McDonald.
The Demon kicked six goals in his three-quarters against Carlton, before he was forced from the field.
McDonald told Melbourne Football Club media after the game that he had enjoyed ending a lean run that saw him kick only eight goals in the first 12 rounds of the season.
"It was fun. It was a bit of a sour end to it (the game), personally, but it was good to be running around out there and having a bit of fun," he said.
The key forward also racked up 20 disposals and nine marks.
McDonald collected 10 coaches votes and was named Melbourne's best, despite not seeing out the game.
The key forward was due to have surgery on Tuesday morning, giving doctors a better understanding of the extent of the injury and an expected time frame for recovery.
Elsewhere, former Horsham Saint Darcy Tucker was a sole stand-out for Fremantle in their 91-point loss against West Coast.
Tucker collected a career-high 29 disposals. It is the third time this season the Docker has broken his personal disposals record.
The 22-year-old also claimed a career-high 17 handballs and was honoured as Fremantle's best.
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