Jaidyn Stephenson Media Opportunity
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 16: Jaidyn Stephenson poses for a photo during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL media opportunity at Arden Street Ground on November 16, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

North Melbourne youngster Jaidyn Stephenson's broken hip will not require surgery, however, the 22-year-old is expected to remain sidelined for a substantial period.

The first-year Kangaroo sustained his injury after falling from a mountain bike whilst attempting to land a stunt within the last fortnight.

It has since been reported that Stephenson had been drinking prior to the crash.

Although left shaking his head at the former Magpies' choice of extra-curricular activities, North Melbourne CEO Ben Amarfio claimed that the 2018 Rising Star had avoided a date with the surgeon's scalpel.

“We are disappointed because it was a real lack of judgement that landed him (Stephenson) in this spot, but the good news is it’s a small fracture that doesn’t need an operation, so he’s dodged a worse outcome there,” he told The Herald Sun.

North Melbourne v Hawthorn - 2021 AFL Community Series
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: Jaidyn Stephenson of the Kangaroos warms up during the AFL Community Series match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Arden Street Ground on March 06, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Journalist Jon Ralph reported on Monday that had Stephenson required surgical amendments, there was a real fear from those at Arden Street that it would have had long-term affects on his career.

Despite expectations that he will make a full recovery, Stephenson is expected to miss the start of North's pre-season campaign.

The Eastern Ranges product finished his debut season in blue and white stripes with a mean of 19 disposals and a goal a game from his 19-appearances.

Stephenson also finished with a place on the bench in the league's '22under22' team.