FORMER Ballarat basketballer and footballer Ricky Henderson will miss most of the 2014 AFL season after breaking his leg at an Adelaide Crows training session yesterday morning.
Henderson broke his fibula when tackled heavily in the final few minutes of a session held for players who did not play in the Crows opening NAB Challenge win over Port Adelaide on Sunday.
The 25-year-old will undergo surgery to have a plate inserted in his left ankle and will face an extended period on the sidelines as he spends time rehabilitating the injury.
“Obviously, somewhere in that process he’s lost his balance and there’s been a distribution of weight (through his leg),” Adelaide list manager David Noble told the Adelaide Football Club website.
“He’s had a terrific pre-season campaign and through an accident at training it’s put his season on hold.”
Henderson was picked up by the Crows at number 10 in the 2009 AFL rookie draft through bizarre circumstances.
Touted as the next great Ballarat Miner, he was spotted by an Adelaide scout at a national basketball camp and was encouraged to pursue a career in football by mentor and Ballarat Basketball Association chief executive Peter Eddy.
Prior to his selection he had played just three games of football with Trentham in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League.
Henderson made his debut for the Crows in 2010 and has since played 56 games in a variety of roles.