“Adam’s experiencing some of that and, as much as he’ll be frustrated with it, we’ve just got to reassure him that we’re not going to rush him and he’s got to be 100 per cent.”
Docherty’s problem came to light when the 27-year-old, who has been battling for form in recent weeks, reported soreness in his ankle and was sent to a specialist.
He was immediately told he needed an operation and he underwent surgery on Wednesday.
Carlton are yet to rule him out for the season but admit they are uncertain whether he will be in a position to return for the final few rounds.
Blues football manager Brad Lloyd said Docherty – who has already undergone two knee reconstructions in his 122-game career – was disappointed.
“This is clearly unfortunate news for Sam, who was really looking forward to helping the side put together strong performances in the back half of the season,” Lloyd said.
“Bad luck like this is never good to receive but at least by picking up the injury early we’ve been able to ensure we can get Sam on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.”
Carlton’s other co-captain Patrick Cripps, who signed a six-year deal with the Blues last week, played the early rounds with a back fracture.
The Blues broke through for their fifth win of the season on Sunday against Adelaide on the eve of a review of their football department. The review will be led by incoming president Luke Sayers with external consultants Geoff Walsh, Matthew Pavlich and Graham Lowe.
It will cover all aspects of the football department including coaching, development, recruiting, conditioning and welfare with the decision to bring the review forward causing speculation about the future of senior coach David Teague, who is contracted until the end of 2022.
Former St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon angrily rejected reports that he was looming as the Blues coach on Nine’s Footy Classified on Wednesday night.
“I can categorically say I have had no contact from anyone at the Carlton Football Club or the Collingwood Football Club. That is fake news and I haven’t reached out to anybody,” Lyon said.
“At some point can we all just move on? It’s incredibly disrespectful. There’s a review going on, no one understands the stresses of the job [like] David Teague and his family and they had a win last week.”
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