Thomas, who dislocated his shoulder just minutes into the round one season opener against Richmond, will undergo reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder on Wednesday.
The former Collingwood star has had a horror run of injuries of late, managing just 25 games for the Blues since moving across from Collingwood at the end of 2013. Thomas missed four games after dislocating his shoulder in round one this season and has also been restricted to a moon boot for much of this week.
Carlton Head of Football Andrew McKay said that the club was left with no alternative but to book Thomas in for season ending surgery.
“His shoulder hasn’t been right ever since the first tackle of the first game at the start of the season and the last couple of games it actually slipped out,” he told the club website.
“We had some advice from the specialist yesterday and came to the conclusion that he needs a shoulder reconstruction, so he’s having that done tomorrow.”
“It’s really unfortunate for Dale, and certainly disappointing for us, that he will be out for the rest of the season,” he said.
“But this way at least we will be able to get him fit and get him right before the start of the pre-season for 2016 to give him the best opportunity to play some really good footy next year.”
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