GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos holds his shoulder during the round 12 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium on June 08, 2019 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

North Melbourne star Shaun Higgins is set to miss five to six weeks after injuring his shoulder against the Suns, according to Channel 7’s Mark Stevens.

The 31-year old went down in the first quarter of Saturday’s clash at Metricon Stadium and it is understood that he requires surgery for a high-grade AC joint injury.

Kangaroos coach Rhyce Shaw could not confirm the severity of Higgins’ injury after his side’s 27-point win.

“It doesn’t look good, but we’ll have to assess that Monday when we get a scan,” he told reports.

“Higgo is so important to us, not only with his football ability but his leadership.”

Higgins averaging 28.6 disposals, 4.1 clearances and 4.5 inside 50s per game this season.

The Roos will be searching for their fourth-straight win in next Sunday’s clash with GWS at Blundstone Arena.