AFL superstar Patrick Dangerfield could find himself on the sidelines for as long as two months as Geelong weigh up the merits of sending the former Brownlow Medal winner in for ankle surgery.
The 31-year-old suffered a syndesmosis injury during last Sunday's victory over North Melbourne, prompting the Cats star to fly to Sydney for a specialist consultation.
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Despite shrugging off the injury as a 'minor tweak' last weekend, the move shows Geelong are unwilling to take many risks with the superstar midfielder.
After club doctors initially agreed that it was a minor injury, a second opinion and subsequent scan revealed the syndesmosis tear.
The Cats are now weighing up their options after starting the season with three wins and two losses.
Dangerfield has been absent for the early part of the season after copping a three match ban for rough conduct in round one.
He returned to the field briefly in the third quarter after suffering the injury and played briefly in the fourth before he was benched for the rest of the game against the Kangaroos last weekend.
The Cats have been without star recruit Jeremy Cameron for the opening few rounds of the season, but coach Chris Scott said he was keen to get the former GWS Giants forward and Coleman medallist on the park.
“He is ready to go and he is in,” Scott said last weekend.
“I am putting a bit of pressure on our medical and conditioning staff as well, but it’s about time.”
Gold Coast's high hopes for Matt Rowell AFL return
Gold Coast are hoping to have young midfield star Matt Rowell back from injury for the Suns' round-14 AFL clash with Port Adelaide.
Rowell's injury-plagued start to his career continued when he suffered a partial tear of his posterior cruciate ligament in the Suns' opening-round defeat to West Coast.
For the first time Gold Coast on Tuesday updated Rowell's timeline for his return from indefinite to eight weeks.
The former No.1 draft pick was expected to again take the competition by storm after shoulder surgery curtailed a brilliant five-game stint last year.
Rowell was in Brownlow Medal contention before hurting himself against Geelong in round-five last year, abruptly ending what shaped as one of the best debut seasons in history.
The 19-year-old is the most prominent name on a long injury list for the Suns.
Predicted by many to finally jump up the ladder this season, Gold Coast slumped to a 1-4 record after being smashed by the Western Bulldogs last Saturday.
The Suns' big-man stocks have taken a battering, but veteran ruck Zac Smith is listed as one-to-two weeks away from returning.
Defenders Charlie Ballard and Sean Lemmens are in line to return for Saturday's clash with Sydney after the pair were injured during the round-four loss to Carlton.
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