Moment Blues star Zac Williams breaks down in tears after horror Achilles injury as Blues spoil Leon Cameron’s final game as coach
- Zac Williams appeared to suffer an Achilles injury in the first quarter
- Carlton utility crumpled to the ground while running to contest a mark
- He immediately grabbed the back of his lower left leg and was in discomfort
- Trainers tried to console a tearful Williams as they helped him off the field
- 27-year-old ruptured his Achilles in January 2018 while playing for GWS
A serious injury to Zac Williams marred Carlton’s win over GWS on Sunday, as the Blues utility appeared to suffer an Achilles injury.
Carlton improved to 7-2 for the season and consolidated fourth place on the ladder courtesy of a 15.15 (100) to 11.9 (75) win, which ensured Leon Cameron’s final game as Giants coach ended in defeat.
The 47-year-old became the first casualty of the AFL coaching carousel this season, with GWS announcing on Wednesday that he will depart the club after Round 9.
Carlton utility Zac Williams suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles against GWS
His farewell, however, was overshadowed by Williams’ horrific injury in the first quarter.
Looking to contest a mark, Williams crumpled to the ground as he ran and immediately grabbed the back of his lower left leg.
The umpire stopped the game to allow medical staff on the field to assist the 27-year-old, who looked visibly in distress and struggled to hold back the tears as trainers helped him off the field.
Williams then sat on the bench with his head in his hands as teammates and medicos did their best to console him.
The 27-year-old immediately grabbed the back of his lower left leg as he fell
And was visibly in distress as he was helped off the field by trainers on Sunday
‘Zac Williams in a lot of distress on the boundary and a lot of guys on the bench coming to console him,’ Fox Footy commentator Jude Bolton noted.
A ruptured Achilles could mean up to 12 months on the sideline for Williams, who suffered the same type of injury while playing for GWS in January 2018.
However, he recovered in time to be fit for the AFL finals that season and helped the Giants reach the Grand Final for the first time in their history, in which they were ultimately thrashed by Richmond by 89 points.
Williams missed Carlton’s win against North Melbourne in Round 7 with Achilles soreness, but was back in the team for the win over Adelaide last week.
Tied at 47 at the break, Carlton took a six-point lead into the final change before a fourth quarter blitz settled the contest as the Blues kicked five majors to GWS’ one.