yep he's gone for season.
Injury shock for Lloyd
1:04:46 PM Sat 22 April, 2006
Sportal for afl.com.au
Essendon skipper Matthew Lloyd will miss the rest of the 2006 home-and-away season after scans on Saturday revealed his injured hamstring was far worse than first thought.
Lloyd has ripped his hamstring tendon off the bone and after the Bombers initially hoped he would miss only five matches, it appears now that unless Essendon can make the finals the champion spearhead won't be seen in action again this year.
It is a devastating blow for the three-time Coleman Medallist coming just as he had achieved his long-term ambition of captaining Essendon.
The Bombers now face the huge problem of not only replacing their top goal-kicker but also their on-field leader with Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy having already been criticised for appointing former skipper James Hird as captain for the Anzac Day clash against Collingwood on Tuesday given Hird had only just resigned from the captaincy in favour of Lloyd at the end of last year.
Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy admitted on Saturday the loss of Lloyd was a devastating blow for the club.
"Very much so, I really feel sad for him," Sheedy said on Melbourne radio station 3AW.
Sheedy said he had yet to decide on who will captain the club for the rest of the year saying Hird had only been appointed for Anzac Day.
And he hit back at criticism that he should have allowed a younger player to lead the club with other contenders including Jason Johnson, Mark Johnson and David Hille.
"Matthew Lloyd will be captain for the next amount of years but it (his injury) presents a situation now where we can sit down and have a look at an area (leadership) where we can plan ahead.
"But we only found out an hour ago about Matthew Lloyd so I am not making any comments about leadership at the present time."
Sheedy said there was no doubt Hird was the best person to lead the team in the traditional Anzac Day clash against Collingwood - a fixture he has personally dominated for much of the past decade.
"He (Hird) is only captain for the day but why wouldn’t you give it to him on that day, it would be disrespectful to him if you didn't."
The Bombers confirmed that Lloyd will undergo surgery on Monday for what is the most serious injury of his glittering career to date.
Since establishing himself as a permanent member of the senior side in 1997 - after making his debut in 1995 - Lloyd has played at least 20 games a season in every year since expect for 2002.
That year saw him play just 16 games after he missed seven games in the middle of the season with a broken finger.
Last year he also missed the first two games of the season with a broken arm and then struggled to recapture his best form in kicking only 59 goals in 20 games as the Bombers missed the finals for the first time since 1997.
Lloyd, who turned 28 last week, has been the Bombers' leading goal-kicker in each of the past nine years and won the Coleman Medal as the AFL's top goal-kicker for the season in 2000, 2001 and 2003 - topping the century of goals in a season both in 2000 and 2001.