CARLTON co-captain Sam Docherty underwent surgery yesterday to repair an acute syndesmosis injury.

The 27-year-old reported significant soreness in his ankle which required further investigation.

A specialist opinion was sought on Wednesday afternoon, with the decision made that surgery would be required, which Docherty underwent that same afternoon.

At this stage, Docherty remains a chance of returning to the field this season: however, the Club will monitor his rehabilitation and will be in a position to provide an update on his progress in the final few rounds.

Carlton Head of Football Brad Lloyd said that while the injury was disappointing, surgery would allow Docherty the best form of recovery.

“This is clearly unfortunate news for Sam, who was really looking forward to helping the side put together strong performances in the back half of the season,” Lloyd said.

“Bad luck like this is never good to receive but at least by picking up the injury early we’ve been able to ensure we can get Sam on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.”