North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite will most likely miss the rest of the home and away season after being booked in for hip surgery.
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The issue has plagued Waite since Round 11, but with the club now all but assured of a spot in the finals, he will have surgery in a bid to have him fully fit for September action.
“Jarrad will be heading in for a very minor hip arthroscope this week so we can see exactly what’s going on,” Kangaroos director of football Geoff Walsh told the club’s website.
“We’ve tried a non-invasive approach with his treatment but following on from the issues he had on Saturday night, we’ve decided this is the best course of action in order to have him ready for the pointy end of the season.”