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Knee ops end season for pair

  • Knee ops end season for pair

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 04: Tom Bell of the Lions looks dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Round 11 match between the Carlton Blues and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on June 4, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

  • Knee ops end season for pair

    PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Dougal Howard of the Power contests a ruck with Zac Clarke of the Dockers during the round 13 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Port Adelaide Power at Domain Stadium on June 18, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Knee operations have ended the AFL season for Port Adelaide ruckman Dougal Howard and Brisbane midfielder Tom Bell.

Howard damaged an anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday's loss to Fremantle and on Monday he underwent a knee reconstruction.

"It's too early to say how long the rehab will actually take, but often it's a return around the 12-month mark," said Port high performance boss Darren Burgess.

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Bell missed the weekend's loss to West Coast because of a medial meniscus tear and the club has confirmed he will undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday.

Teammate Ryan Harwood could also be out of action for the rest of the year because of the strained posterior cruciate ligament he suffered against the Eagles.

Fellow Lions backman Tom Cutler has a hamstring injury and will sit out Saturday's match against Richmond at the MCG.

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