HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos kicks the ball during the 2018 AFL round 19 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the West Coast Eagles at Blundstone Arena on July 28, 2018 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

North Melbourne star Shaun Higgins will miss his side’s clash with the Lions this weekend after undergoing minor knee surgery.

Fox Sports News has revealed that the 30-year old went in for a knee arthroscope on Monday night after pulling up sore from the Roos’ win over the Eagles on Sunday.

The club confirmed that their Brownlow Medal fancy will be sidelined for at least one week, and did not rule out the possibility of him missing more time.

“He just pulled up a bit sore in his right knee post game on the weekend, so we had it scanned early yesterday and from that we had to make a decision on whether we do an arthroscope on his knee,” North Melbourne head of football Cameron Joyce told Fox Sports News on Tuesday morning.

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“It was very minor surgery which we did last night.

“We’re hoping that he’ll just miss this week and be available for the Bulldogs game next week.

“Rather than trying to nurse him through the remainder of the season, we thought let’s just get it done now so he’s freed up and ready to go for the last three games.”

North Melbourne sit 10th on the ladder ahead of their must-win clash with Brisbane on Saturday afternoon at the Gabba.