Key defender Jack Hombsch will miss the remainder of the season after succumbing to an ankle injury in the Round 19 match against Essendon.

The injury occurred in the third quarter and while Hombsch was able to return to the field, SUNS Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull told the Alpha Sport Injury Update the injury would require surgical repair.

“Jack hurt his ankle in a marking contest at the end of the third quarter and managed to play out the game with some strapping,” Bull said.

“He was pretty sore after the game so we had some scans on Monday and saw an ankle specialist today.

“Unfortunately it’s been determined that the best course of action for Jack is to have surgery on his injured ankle so that will see him out for the rest of the season.”

In good news, Jack Martin is set to be available this weekend after a few weeks out with a finger injury.

“Jack’s missed the last three games after dislocating his finger and having surgery on that subsequently,” Bull said.

“He’s been given the all-clear to re-join training this week and will hopefully be available for selection on the weekend.”

The SUNS also had three players return through the NEAFL on the weekend, with all three getting through unscathed.

Jordan Murdoch, Jack Bowes and Ben Ainsworth all played really well in the NEAFL’s good win over GWS so they’ll train fully this week and hopefully be available for selection as well,” Bull said.

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