North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos forward Elisha King will miss the 2022 AFLW season after rupturing the ACL in her left knee at training last week.

Scans showed that King also strained her medial ligament in the incident. She will now meet with her surgeon to decide the next course of action.

Having last represented the Kangaroos in Round 4, 2020, King missed the entire 2021 season with a hamstring injury, and was in the process of returning to full training when she suffered this latest setback.

An exciting forward with an eye for goal, King signed a one-year contract extension at the end of the 2021 campaign.

Head of Women’s Football Nathan Hrovat says King’s injury blow is a huge loss ahead of the upcoming season.

“After missing last season with a hamstring injury, ‘Lish’ has worked so hard to put herself back into a position where she was fighting for a spot in the side again,” Hrovat told North Media.

“Her attitude has always been top notch, and we’ll support her in any way we can during her recovery.

“She’s a really popular person at our club, and it’s pretty devastating news for her. I’m sure she’ll go really hard at her rehab to get herself fit to play as soon as possible.”

King will be placed on the inactive list for the remainder of the season.