Billy Clarke Ruled Out of the Season
Charlton Athletic have this afternoon confirmed that former Billy Clarke will spend the next eight to nine months on the sidelines after rupturing his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
The Addicks’ number 10 sustained the injury to his left knee with twenty-one minutes played at Ewood Park and scans have revealed that it will keep him out for the rest of the 2017/18 season. Clarke will see a knee specialist on Wednesday and, after undergoing reconstructive surgery, he will then begin an eight-month period of rehabilitation.
Charlton’s Head of Medical Services Alastair Thrush said, “Unfortunately, Billy won’t play again this season and everyone is really gutted for him. He’ll have surgery in the coming weeks, once the knee has settled down and after that he will have an eight-month period of rehabilitation before he can return to play.
This is one of the toughest injuries for a player to accept but Billy has been through it before. He suffered the same injury to his other knee in 2010, so he knows what to expect from his rehabilitation.”