MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Phil Davis of the Giants speaks with Stephen Coniglio of the Giants (L) as they walk up the race before the 2019 AFL round 17 match between the Richmond Tigers and the GWS Giants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)

GWS midfielder Stephen Coniglio has officially avoided an ACL injury, although he will undergo surgery on Tuesday to remove some cartilage that was injured during the incident.

Coniglio is set to miss the next eight weeks following the procedure.

“There’s obviously relief Stephen has avoided injury to his ACL and there does still remain a chance he returns to the field this season which is great news,” GWS General Manager of Football Wayne Campbell told gwsgiants.com.au.

“He’s an incredibly dedicated and professional player and there’s no doubt he’ll attack his rehab with those same qualities.

“Stephen underwent scans and assessment following last week’s game and in consultation with our medical staff and the player himself, was cleared to play yesterday.

“Yesterday’s scans showed this is an entirely new injury and separate to the incident last week.”

Coniglio has averaged 26.6 disposals, 4.9 clearances and 4.2 marks per game this season.