Scans have confirmed that Richmond youngster Judson Clarke ruptured the graft in his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in yesterday’s VFL match against Werribee. 

Clarke, 20, had previously injured the same ACL in 2019.

Richmond General Manager Football Performance Tim Livingstone said it was terrible luck for the talented youngster. 

“We are all feeling for Judson, who works so hard behind the scenes, to give himself the best chance to perform,” he said.

“Unfortunately, Judson injured his knee yesterday in the VFL game at Werribee. 

“Our Club will support Judson to return fitter and stronger next season. We know he will attack his rehab with great energy and commitment."

The third-year Tiger has played 17 senior matches for Richmond since being selected with pick no. 30 overall at the 2021 AFL Draft.

Clarke last featured at AFL level in the Round 2 loss to Port Adelaide.

The crafty forward booted 11 goals last season from 13 games before a cracked scapula ended his year prematurely.