CARLTON star forward Charlie Curnow expressed his annoyance at having to spend the next month on the sidelines after a run of promising form.
Fresh off a seven-goal performance against the Western Bulldogs, the dynamic forward left the ground early in the clash with Fremantle after sustaining a medial ligament injury.
Curnow spoke to media on Tuesday afternoon about his injury ahead of the Blues’ Round 16 clash with Melbourne.
“I kind of had a feeling that I’d done it because I’d done this one before,” Curnow said.
“[It was] just a really awkward position and it was just really unlucky: I think it would have happened to anyone in the situation.”
“They’re looking at about three to four weeks at the moment, so if I can get back earlier that would be nice.”
It was only minutes into the first quarter when a clash with Fremantle’s Ethan Hughes saw the 22-year-old ruled out of action for the day.
Despite missing the majority of the Blues’ triumph over the Dockers, Curnow shared in the emotions of his teammates after the win.
“At the start, I was obviously a bit shocked that I wasn’t playing and a bit annoyed. But I think as the game went on, I got excited just as like a footy fan,” he said.
“I think there was a lot of smiling going on with the boys enjoying themselves, so it was a good game.”
With Curnow sidelined alongside key forward Harry McKay, the space is clear for Mitch McGovern to take the leading role up forward.
The off-season recruit has kicked 17 goals in his first season at his new club, but he’ll have a big part to play in the absence of his fellow key talls.
“I think it’s perfect for Mitch, we all know what he can do,” Curnow said.
“I think he kicked five goals against us last year for Adelaide and I think he’s not far off that form again.
“He’s an impressive player and I think once he gets a bit more consistency in his game he’ll really start taking the lead.”