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Stewart Crameri to miss rest of 2017 season

May 25, 2017 3:55 PM

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13:  Bulldogs head coach Luke Beveridge speaks to Stewart Crameri during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval on April 13, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images/AFL Media)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Bulldogs head coach Luke Beveridge speaks to Stewart Crameri during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval on April 13, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images/AFL Media)

Western Bulldogs forward Stewart Crameri will miss the remainder of the 2017 season with a hip injury.

Crameri had surgery earlier this week, which was considered successful, and the 28-year-old is expected to be available for the start of the 2018 pre-season.

“While the surgery to improve Stewart’s hip was quite extensive, we are confident that it will dramatically improve Stewart’s function and performance,” said Bulldogs Medical Services Manager Chris Bell.

“It’s disappointing for both the club and Stewart, but we will support Stewart and put a comprehensive rehabilitation program around him to give him every opportunity to have a full pre-season campaign heading into 2018.”

Crameri played the opening two games of the 2017 season before experiencing hip soreness.

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