Emerging Crows defender Wayne Milera is set to miss the next two months in a major blow for the club.
The 22-year old suffered from foot soreness earlier in the week, with scans revealing a stress fracture.
Crows Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders told afc.com.au that Milera would undergo surgery on Friday afternoon.
“Imaging has shown Wayne has a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal that requires surgery to ensure the best possible outcome,” Saunders said.
“Wayne is such an important team member and this set back is obviously disappointing.
“In the past he has proven to be a total professional with his rehabilitation and we look forward to seeing him work hard to optimise his recovery.
“Surgery is scheduled for this afternoon and as soon as Wayne has recovered from the operation, we will facilitate his travel to join the rest of the team on the Gold Coast if required.”