Casualty Ward, Carlton Zac Williams, achilles, Jack Steele, tackle, Jake Kolodjashnij, injury, shoulder, Jack Higgins, concussion

An emotional Zac Williams has limped from the field in a moment of devastation for Carlton on Sunday.

Williams was heading into a marking contest in the opening quarter when he suddenly went down with an achilles injury.

Trainers quickly got to the star Blue who was clearly distressed as the game was stopped.

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After being assisted from the field, Williams sat with his head in his hands on the bench.

“Zac Williams in a lot of distress on the boundary A lot of guys on the bench coming to console him,” commentator Jude Bolton said.

Commentator Brian Taylor said Williams would be coming to terms with the likelihood his 2022 season is now over.

Zac Williams leaves the field injured. Picture: Cameron SpencerSource: Getty Images

Fox Footy’s Jon Ralph said Williams’ latest achilles injury just adds to his horror run.

“Tore his achilles in 2018. Had battled with issues ever since,” Ralph tweeted.

“As recently as two weeks ago he missed with achilles soreness.

“Twelve-month injury if it’s a confirmed rupture which it looked for all the world to be.”

St Kilda have suffered a massive blow following the win over Geelong on Saturday, with skipper Jack Steele set to be sidelined for up to two months.

Fox Footy’s Jon Ralph reports Steele needs shoulder surgery after being crunched in a tackle by Cat Jake Kolodjashnij in the second quarter.

He immediately clutched at his shoulder and headed to the bench, where teammate Jack Higgins had just been subbed out with concussion.

Ralph believes the injury to Steele’s AC joint will see him sidelined for between six to eight weeks.

Steele bravely returned to the contest in the second half, with his shoulder heavily strapped.

“Amazing he played out the game last night,” Ralph tweeted.

Ralph said the star Saint underwent scans on Sunday, with surgery now booked for Monday.

The Saints will also be missing Jack Higgins in Round 10, with the forward now sidelined for 12 days under the AFL’s concussion protocols.

Saints coach Brett Ratten was full of praise for Steele’s determination to play out the match.

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“He is courageous,” he said.

“He just willed himself to get out there an compete and just make contests which was great.

“It helped us with our rotations.

“He sort of finds a way Jack, it’s a credit to him.”

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