Another knee setback makes Charlie Curnow an unlikely starter in 2020

Promising Carlton forward Charlie Curnow is unlikely to play in 2020 after suffering another setback in his recovery from a knee injury with scans revealing a hairline stress response in the bone.

The 23-year-old had only just resumed running after several operations on his knee in the off-season after injuries sustained in off-field incidents.

Carlton’s Charlie Curnow has had another setback in his recovery from a knee injury and is unlikely to play in 2020.Credit:Getty Images

Blues' football manager Brad Lloyd said the problem related to one of the screw holes inserted during surgery in October when he needed an operation following an accident playing basketball.

"Ultimately his patella is showing us that there is still a weakness around one of the original screw holes. This stress response is an indication to us that his knee requires more time to heal," Lloyd told Carlton Media.

"Charlie is walking around with only a small amount of discomfort. He does not require any surgery, but given the nature of this injury, it’s likely this will result in a four to six-week setback.

"It remains difficult to determine if Charlie will be ready to play this season, however, it does appear more unlikely than likely."

The key forward has not played since round 15, 2019, and has played in just 10 wins in his 58-game career as he attempts to consistently join an emerging group of talented youngsters hoping to push the Blues up the ladder after several seasons in the doldrums.

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