Geelong champion Patrick Dangerfield has had ankle surgery and could miss up to eight weeks of the AFL season.
Dangerfield determined to luxuriate in an operation to repair a syndesmosis harm which he suffered in Sunday’s seize towards North Melbourne.
While the absolute most realistic-case scenario is a return in four weeks, the Brownlow medallist could miss as many as eight weeks however the Cats are reluctant to realize a timeframe on his return.
“It changed into felt the absolute most realistic path of action changed into for Dangerfield to undergo surgery,” Geelong said in an announcement on Wednesday night.
“Dangerfield will probably be out of action indefinitely alongside with his rehabilitation and recovery from the harm determining his return to play.”
Dangerfield put up-match shrugged off the harm as a “minor tweak”.
Geelong medicos first and foremost backed that prognosis before scans revealed a syndesmosis hunch.
After sending the star on-baller for a 2d clinical notion, the Cats and Dangerfield on Wednesday weighed up whether the 31-yr-vulnerable could composed luxuriate in surgery or if he could play through the distress.
After being harm late within the third quarter towards the Kangaroos, the captivating midfielder returned to action briefly within the closing term.
Nonetheless he changed into then benched for the remainder of the match.
The fixture changed into Dangerfield’s first since being suspended for three games for rough habits for an incident in round one.
The Cats, in eighth space on the ladder with three wins and two losses, host sixth-positioned West Soar on Saturday.