Sydney Swans defender Alex Johnson will undergo a traditional knee reconstruction after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Swans’ round three NAB Cup clash against Gold Coast nine days ago.

The young defender tore his ACL in a seemingly innocuous incident in the first quarter of the the match against the Suns, and the tear was confirmed by club doctors soon after.

The 21-year-old, who returned home to Melbourne to contemplate his treatment with family and friends, opted for a traditional reconstruction instead of LARS reconstruction surgery and will go under the knife late next week.

For more information about Johnson’s injury and treatment, check out Swans TV’s Injury Update with club physiotherapist Matt Cameron on Tuesday afternoon.