AFL Rd 3 - GWS v Melbourne
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 04: Giants players talk to injured captain Stephen Coniglio of the Giants after losing the round 3 AFL match between the GWS Giants and the Melbourne Demons at Manuka Oval on April 04, 2021 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Giants have been hit hard on the injury front over the weekend – with Stephen Coniglio, Phil Davis and Matt De Boer all set for a stint on the sidelines.

Coniglio will undergo ankle surgery and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks, while Phil Davis (calf) and De Boer (hamstring) are likely to miss six and 10 weeks respectively.

Regarding Coniglio, Giants Head of Medical Cullan Ball told the club website: “We had some scans done yesterday and got those results back before he saw the surgeon today.

“We’re expecting him to have an operation on Thursday to have that joint stabilised. It’s disappointing for Stephen. We think he’ll miss around eight weeks depending on how quickly he progresses.”

In other news, Eagles captain Luke Shuey will be forced to sit out for up to a month following a hamstring injury he sustained during his sides win over the Power on Saturday.

The West Coast skipper picked up the injury in the last few minutes of the match, which was his first back from a hamstring injury which plagued his pre-season.

Shuey, who has had a tough run with injury in recent times, could potentially be set for a positional change in order to curb said injury problems, according to West Coast coach Adam Simpson.

“It’ll be a bit of management,” he said.

“Maybe a positional change. Maybe the way he trains. He’s our best trainer. He just goes turbo all the time.”

The 2018 Norm Smith Medallist missed five games for the Eagles in 2020 through an injured hamstring, which almost kept him out of finals.

Lastly, Bulldog Ryan Gardner will be out for two months after damaging his AC joint during his sides’ 128 point win on Good Friday against North Melbourne.

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The young defender will need surgery, with Bulldogs Head of Medical Services Chris Bell confirming the news on Tuesday.

“Ryan had some side impact in the opening minutes of the game, that damaged his AC joint.

“The AC joint was damaged to an extent that did require surgery, and we expect ‘Gardy’ to miss the next six-to-eight weeks of football.

Fellow Dogs player Mitch Hannan has also suffered a concussion during the sides VFL scratch match, with the ex-Demon colliding with a North Melbourne player.

He is expected to be back in time for the sides opening game of the VFL season against Geelong on the 18th of April.