Gold Coast SUNS forward Sean Lemmens will miss up to eight weeks of football after injuring his left ankle in the Round 8 match against Melbourne.
It was Lemmens’ first AFL match back from the same injury which he suffered in the JLT Series.
Lemmens won possession of the football early in the third quarter but was twisted in a tackle and wasn’t able to return to the field.
Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull told the Alpha Sport Injury Update Lemmens had already undergone surgery.
“Unfortunately for Sean he injured his left ankle on the weekend and has had surgery on that today,” Bull said.
“The surgery has gone really well and Sean will start to tackle his rehab at the back end of this week and we’re looking at around eight weeks out for Sean.”
Defender Pearce Hanley has been ruled out for this week’s match against Port Adelaide after sustaining a heavy knock to his thigh.
Hanley also had to undergo surgery on the injury and Bull said the club would continue to monitor his progress.
“Pearce reported getting a really significant knock to his thigh late in the game and then once we got back over to the training facility post-match that had swelled up quite significantly,” Bull said.
“That continued to bleed over the next 24 hours and unfortunately for Pearce he’s had to go in and get some surgery on that to try and relieve the pressure and reduce the amount of fluid in his thigh.
“We’ll keep monitoring that situation really closely and know more in due course.”
Aaron Young missed the match on the weekend after injuring his knee in the Round 7 match against West Coast.
Bull expected the injury to keep Young sidelined for the next four weeks.
“He hurt his MCL which will likely see him out for around four weeks,” Bull said.
“He’s started his rehab already and is getting some really good strength through his knee in the early phases and hopefully that will be promising for Aaron moving forward.”
Brayden Fiorini also missed the match against Melbourne, but is set to return this weekend for the away trip to take on Port Adelaide.
“Brayden just suffered some knee soreness late in the week last week,” Bull said.
“Unfortunately being so close to the game it couldn’t turn around quick enough to play.
“He’s done everything so far this week and we expect him to train fully through the back end of the week and be available for selection this weekend.”