GWS's Hill recovering from cancer surgery

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GWS forward Bobby Hill is in "good spirits" and recovering well from last week's surgery following his testicular cancer diagnosis.

The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the AFL season and there is no clarity around his playing future.

But his health remains the priority as Giants players and staff rally around him.

"The operation went really well, which is fantastic," GWS interim coach Mark McVeigh said.

"From here we just continue to monitor where he's at and continue to listen to the medical experts in this area.

"The players have got right around him and I've spoken to him a few times.

"He's in good spirits, which is great, and he'll take his time at home to relax and recover with his young family.

"When he feels like he's ready to go he'll come into the club at some stage, but right now we're giving him some space and all the support (we can)."

While Hill is sidelined for an indefinite period, the Giants are set to welcome back some big names in the coming weeks.

All-Australian pair Nick Haynes (illness) and Lachie Whitfield (ankle) will return against North Melbourne on Sunday, while Callan Ward is expected to tick the final boxes under concussion protocols.

Phil Davis (hamstring) and Tim Taranto (back) could be back in action the following week.

McVeigh has led GWS to one win and one loss since taking the reins from Leon Cameron last month and is excited about what the second half of the season could bring.

But the Giants (3-8) face a massive battle to fight their way back into the finals race.

"We're pretty buoyant about where our group is and how they're feeling, and also the potential of players coming back over the next few weeks excites everyone," McVeigh said.

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