St Kilda skipper Jarryn Geary will be spending an extended spell on the sidelines after scans revealed he had fractured his fibula following a leg injury in a training mishap.
The 32-year-old landed awkwardly during a training drill at RSEA park on Friday morning before he was sent to hospital for scans.
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Geary missed the majority of the 2019 season because of a fractured fibula, which he suffered upon returning from a badly corked thigh that required surgery.
“Unfortunately, X-rays confirmed a fracture, which means Jarryn will be sidelined for a number of weeks,” Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean said in a press release.
“Knowing Jarryn, he will do everything he can to be back as quickly as possible to contribute to the team in early 2021.
“Given his previous injuries, it’s obviously frustrating to encounter another setback. But the positive for Jarryn is that he’s been here before, and we have full faith he’ll attack his rehab with the same professionalism and intensity we know he brings.
“We had a number of guys step up last year and take their opportunities, and this year will be no different.”
Geary is set to undergo surgery later on Friday afternoon.
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We're right with you, Gears ❤️
The skipper will spend time on the sidelines after sustaining a lower leg injury at training today.
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Geary signed a one-year contract extension last year after helping the Saints return to finals for the first time since 2011.
The veteran is a much-loved figure at St Kilda, having started on the club's rookie list before being appointed Nick Riewoldt's successor as captain in 2017.
"Gears is one of the best leaders in the game and his influence on our group and our entire club is enormous," coach Brett Ratten said last year.
"He is an incredibly resilient person.
"We have seen that first hand over the past few years with the way he has dealt with his own injury setbacks.
"But also the challenges we've been through as a club."
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