Andrew Raines’ pre-season preparations have taken a blow after scans revealed the AFL journeyman has damaged the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Gold Coast’s midfield recruit, who has been training strongly for the SUNS since his recruitment to the club via the rookie draft, was assisted from Wednesday’s session after going down during a combative training drill.

He was immediately assessed by club medical staff, with scans later confirming the full extent of Raines’ injury.

General Manager - Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft said it was an unfortunate start for Raines on the Gold Coast.

“Unfortunately the results of Andrew’s scans have confirmed he has damaged his PCL,” Ashcroft said.

“Our medical staff will determine the most appropriate course of action to treat the injury in the coming days.”

The 28-year-old tagger has notched 123 senior appearances, having played for Richmond and the Brisbane Lions in his 11 years in the AFL.