Carlton have been hit by the news Harry McKay is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.
The Blues are priced at 1/2 to make the top eight and play finals in the 2022 AFL campaign and the loss of McKay over the next six weeks is a big blow.
McKay has been a revelation for Carlton this season as the Blues have won six and lost two of their opening eight games to move in to the top four.
He has booted 20 goals already and will be a big loss as Carlton look to build on their impressive start.
Carlton were concerned after McKay reported soreness in his knee following the win over Adelaide on Sunday night and sent
him for scans.
Those scans unfortunately confirmed a tear in the lateral meniscus in his knee and McKay will need to undergo surgery to fix the problem.
The Blues have given an update and say it will be after the bye when McKay is expected to return.
"This news is obviously unfortunate for Harry, given the really strong start to the season he was having both personally and as a leader for our side," Blues head of football Brad Lloyd said.
"Harry will have the surgery tomorrow morning, he’s the ultimate professional so will attack his rehab to be in a position to make an impact when he returns to the side, which at this stage we expect to be around three weeks after the bye."