MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Tom Curren of the Saints tackles Jaeger O'Meara of the Suns during the round 22 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Gold Coast star Jaeger O’Meara has suffered another injury setback and will be sidelined for a further six weeks.

O’Meara was on track for a round one return via the NEAFL after he ruptured his patella tendon last April. But a recent arthroscope on his knee has set his return date back even further.

“He had a bit of a scan of the tendon, and it’s pristine and has good strength, but he had a flap on his patella and he had an arthroscope to trim that and it put him back a couple of weeks,” Suns’ coach Rodney Eade said.

“He’ll be back running next week.

“We’d like to think he could start playing some football, obviously the NEAFL first up, probably round four or five.”

Meanwhile, Swan Gary Rohan’s wretched run with injuries has continued, with the club placing him on the long term injury list as he recovers from a persistent hamstring injury.

Rohan will be sidelined for at least the next eight weeks.

“Gary has been battling a hamstring problem for a number of weeks and has missed a critical portion of his pre-season preparation,” Sydney general manager of football Tom Harley said.

“As a result, he will need at least another eight weeks preparation before he can resume playing, so for now he will continue his rehab.

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“We’re confident Gary will have an impact when he returns and will play out the year.”

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