Toro Rosso Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo (C) gives an interview with Carlton Football Club players Simon White (R) and Matthew Kreuzer (L) during a media event at Visy Stadium in Melbourne March 14, 2012, ahead of the Australian F1 Grand Prix. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

Ruckman Matthew Kreuzer suffers a knee injury after leading Carlton to its victory against Port Adelaide on Sunday.

Carlton football manager Andrew McKay revealed that Kreuzer tore his meniscus in the first half on Sunday.

“There was a level of awareness as to the extent of the injury sustained by Matthew during that second quarter, however there was no risk of further injury by him going back on the field,” McKay said. Despite the advice of the doctors to sit it out, Kreuzer chose to go back and see the match to the end.

ABC reports that Port was leading by 18 points with only two minutes left of the final term. Kreuzer led the Blues to triumph by kicking the winning goal. He was esteemed to be one of the best Blues on that day along with some of his teammates. McKay tells The Age that his performance was that of “impressive courage and strength to play on in pain and have such a big impact.” Post-match scenes showed emotional fans who celebrated the club’s revival with the team.

Kreuzer is in need of a surgery and will have to sit the games out for at least three weeks. He is sidelined with teammates Andrew Phillips who suffered a hamstring injury in the game against Essendon, and Levi Casboult who fractured his left tibia in the first quarter of the game last Sunday.

According to AFL, Carlton is scheduled to play against Todd Glodstein’s, one of the ruckmen in the competition, North Melbourne this week. The absence of Kreuzer is expected to have a negative impact to the team in this match. They will also have to find a replacement for Casboult with Jacob Weitering as the preferred candidate.

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