GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Noah Anderson of the Suns celebrates a goal during the round 10 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the St Kilda Saints at Metricon Stadium on August 06, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Gold Coast midfielder Noah Anderson is set for a stint out of the game after it was revealed he will require surgery on  a fractured hand.

Anderson suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Suns' loss to North Melbourne and will now sit out for the foreseeable future.

Suns Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull said on the club website that Anderson would undergo surgery this week.

“Noah has had to go in for surgery on his hand early this week to stabilise his fracture," said Bull

“The recovery timeline will be guided by Noah’s progress whilst his hand heals and strengthens and subsequent follow ups with the surgeon before return to play.”

The Suns luckily have captain David Swallow waiting in the wings for a return after he missed the loss to the bottom place Kangaroos.

Swallow's inclusion will help provide cover for the absence of the Anderson in the midfield with the Suns desperate for a win.

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They face Richmond at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night with the pressure slowly mounting on them. The Suns have been awful in the second half of seasons under Stuart Dew and that trend looks set to continue in 2021.