MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Shane Edwards (left) and Jacob Townsend of the Tigers celebrate during the 2018 AFL round 01 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Richmond premiership hero Jacob Townsend won’t feature in this season’s finals series, after suffering a fractured ankle during Richmond’s VFL match over the weekend.

Townsend was a key member of the Tigers’ premiership success last season, but unfortunately the 25-year-old won’t be given the chance to replicate his September showing over the coming weeks.

“Unfortunately he’s suffered a fractured ankle, a fractured fibula… which means he needs surgery (Monday) afternoon, and that’s his season over unfortunately,” Richmond’s Physical Performance Manager Peter Burge told

“It’s really disappointing for Towna, he’s such an important part of the group, and it’s probably an 8-10 week situation from the surgery.

“So now it’s just getting him right for pre-season.”

Townsend has played 10 matches for the Tigers this season, and has managed 12 goals across the year.