Carlton ruckman Andrew Phillips has had his pre-season thrown into disarray, with scans confirming a stress fracture in his left foot.
He will not require surgery, however, the club is unable to put a time frame on his return, with the 25-year-old set to seek further advice from a specialist.
Phillips played 16 games for Carlton last season, after he was traded from the Giants to the Blues along with Jed Lamb, Lachie Plowman and Liam Sumner at the end of 2015.
“While it’s disappointing Andrew has sustained this injury, he’ll be determined to get back out on the park as soon as possible,” Blues’ Head of Football, Andrew McKay, said.
“He is extremely professional in his approach to football, and we know he will work as hard as he can to recover in readiness for the 2017 season.”