Scans have confirmed that Star Sun Matt Rowell suffered a dislocated shoulder during the club's loss to Geelong on Saturday.
Gold Coast have yet to confirm whether the favourite for the Rising Star and third favourite for the Brownlow heading into last round will undergo surgery or let the shoulder heal naturally.
The club's medical department will take their time in deciding what the best course of action is for Rowell, with the No. 1 draft pick's long term future the main priority.
Suns General Manager of Football Jon Haines provided an update via the clubs website.
“We had some scans taken yesterday and those scans have confirmed it’s a dislocation,” Haines said.
“Our medical team have viewed those scans and we’ve also sought some external views on those scans as well.
“What we’ll do now is take a little bit of time to assess those options, assess the views and have a good chat about it.
“We don’t feel like we have to rush the decision, we understand there is a high level of interest in it, but we also want to make sure we make the right decision for Matt and that will be done in consultation with Matt and his family.”
“We’ll do that over the next little bit and then work out what the best way forward is.”
Rowell is holding his head high according to Haines.
“He’s in good spirits, he’s frustrated and disappointed obviously, but that’s the type of person he is. He’s been terrific, he’s re-joined the group and depending on what path we take with our decision, we’ll make a decision on whether he stays here or not.”