North Melbourne forward Mason Wood will miss at least the nest six weeks due to a knee injury.
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The 22-year-old, who is rumoured to be a target of the Sydney Swans, injured his left knee in last weekend’s loss to West Coast and will be touch and go for the Roos’ finals campaign.
“He did have surgery, and they repaired the medial ligament, and also tidied up some other things in the knee,” coach Brad Scott said on Thursday.
“We’re expecting about a six-to-eight week recovery, which will put him pretty close to the bye before the finals, so it’s going to be a tight run back.
“But our attitude … is to do everything we can to get him back, potentially for a finals series. We’ll just have to rehab it as best we can.”
Meanwhile the Kangaroos coach said he is not concerned about rumours linking Wood to a possible move to the Swans at season’s end.
“I’ve got great confidence in our list management team. All our players are really valuable to us and I’m sure it will all work itself out,” Scott said.
Wood has played eight games this season, including the past five, booting 12 goals for the year.