Nadia von Bertouch will miss the remainder of the 2020 AFLW Season after rupturing her left ACL in Sunday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs.
The tough-as-nails forward sustained the injury in an innocuous incident in the third quarter, but played out the game to finish with five disposals and a tackle.
AFLW Senior Coach Peta Searle said it was heartbreaking to see the South Australian recruit go down so early in the season.
“It’s devastating that we will be without Nadia for the rest of the year,” Searle told saints.com.au.
Von Bertouch was involved in a sickening collision midway through the third quarter, but sprang to her feet completely unfazed.
“She clearly leads by example and is a role model to our young brigade,” Searle said.
“Nadia may not be able to take to the field, but her impact in-house is going to be just as prominent as it was before.”
Von Bertouch was signed as a free agent following the NAB Women’s Draft to become the final member of the Saints’ inaugural AFLW team.