St Kilda’s Dylan Roberton has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a heart condition.
The Saints released the following statement on Roberton on Thursday morning:
“Dylan Roberton will be sidelined for three months as we continue to monitor the cause of an irregular heartbeat.
Last week, Roberton had a device implanted to monitor his heart rate over the next three months. While doctors believe there is only a minor chance of the issue reoccurring, all precautions need to be taken before he returns to full training.
He will be assessed regularly during this time before having further tests to determine if things have returned to normal. During this period, he is permitted to do light exercise and is expected to take on an off-field role to support his teammates.”
The 26-year old is hopeful that his career is not over, following a scary incident where he collapsed during St Kilda’s clash with Geelong in round four.
Roberton was stretchered off the ground and taken to hospital after the incident, which the former Docker does not recall.
“I just remember watching the ball go up and getting dizzy but that’s about it,” he told reporters.
“It was a bit of a scare, probably more so for family and friends. I was fine straight away.”
Losing Roberton for the season is a massive blow for the Saints, given their lacklustre start to 2018 with just one win from six games.
Roberton was averaging 19.6 disposals, 7.3 marks and 5.0 rebound 50s per game in 2018 prior to his injury.