The Gold Coast SUNS can confirm that Matt Rowell is set to miss an extended period of time as he recovers from a knee injury.

Scans have confirmed that the second - year midfielder sustained damage to his PCL in a tackle during the first quarter of the team’s Round 1 loss to the West Coast Eagles.

No timeline has been set for his return at this early stage, but he is expected to be available to play football again in 2021.

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Jon Haines on Rowell injury

GC SUNS GM - Football Operations, Jon Haines, speaks to the media about the Matt Rowell injury.

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Gold Coast SUNS General Manager Football Jon Haines recognised the way in which the young midfielder had handled himself during difficult circumstances. 

“It’s unfortunate for Matt as he had worked tirelessly to ensure he was ready to play after recovering from the shoulder injury he suffered last season,” Haines said.

“The long - term health of his knee is positive. There is no specific timeline for his return at this stage and we will update as required”.

A full injury update will be available on goldcoastfc.com.au later today.

The Gold Coast SUNS will take on North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night as part of a double header with the final round of the AFLW premiership season.