SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Jacob Hopper of the Giants leaps for a mark during the roUnd 22 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Fremantle Dockers at Spotless Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

GWS midfielder Jacob Hopper will miss the next four weeks of football after suffering an ankle injury at training.

Hopper was nearing a return after recovering from finger surgery following an injury suffered against the Saints in round seven, but will now be out of action for another month.

The 20-year-old has played six games for the Giants so far in 2017, and GWS’ Head of Athletic Performance David Joyce told the club’s website it was a disappointing setback.

“This is an unfortunate setback for Jacob who had done an enormous amount of work in recent weeks,” he said.

“He has demonstrated his resilience in the past and we’re confident he will attack the rehab plan for this injury with his normal dedication and professionalism.

“We look forward to seeing him back playing an important role for us in the weeks to come.”

Giants midfielder Josh Kelly also suffered an injury over the weekend, and will face a fitness test later in the week to determine his availability for their clash with Brisbane on Saturday.

Kelly complained of a hip injury during training over the weekend, and hasn’t missed a game so far this season.