RUCKMAN Tom De Koning has sustained a moderate lateral ankle sprain, following a training session at Ikon Park yesterday.
The 20-year-old is expected to be sidelined for up to four weeks.
Carlton Director of High Performance Andrew Russell said the incident was unfortunate but would not be a significant setback for De Koning, who will be pushing for selection upon his return to full fitness.
“Tom injured his ankle unfortunately yesterday, he was having a shot on goal and one of the players came across for a smother and awkwardly fell across his ankle,” Russell said.
“He has got a lateral ligament sprain. Most players when they hurt their ankle, they hurt this ligament.
“We expect it to settle down in three to four weeks, after which he should be available to play. We probably don’t expect him to be available for Round 2 but expect him to be available in the early rounds of the season.
“It is exciting some of the stuff he was producing on the training track. This was a small setback and we will see him back going well pretty soon.”
Carlton will resume their 2020 season on Saturday 13 June when they take on Melbourne at Marvel Stadium.