Western Bulldogs defender Ryan Gardner is set for surgery to repair a shoulder injury he sustained in last weekend’s victory over West Coast.
Gardner was subbed out of the game in the third quarter of the 55-point win, after courageously contesting a marking contest.
He will undergo an operation later this week and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks.
It’s the second shoulder injury the impressive 24-year-old has suffered this season. He injured the opposite arm against North Melbourne in Round 3 and returned to the AFL team in Round 12.
Meanwhile, defender Easton Wood is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks of football after damaging an ankle ligament during Footscray’s VFL win over Coburg on Saturday.
Ruckman Stefan Martin will also miss at least the next fortnight with groin soreness.