BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 24: Tim Taranto of the Giants leaves the field injured during the round 14 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at The Gabba on June 24, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

GWS midfielder Tim Taranto will be out of action for at least the next two months after undergoing surgery on his ankle following an incident in Saturday’s win over Brisbane.

Taranto suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Giants’ 60-point win at the Gabba, and will now miss the next 8-10 weeks of football.

GWS Head of Athletic Performance David Joyce said the club expects to see Taranto make a return to the field in 2017.

“This is a bitter blow for Tim who’s been terrific in his debut season so far,” Joyce said.

“The damage to Tim’s ankle was significant enough that surgery was required before commencing a thorough rehabilitation program.

“Tim’s shown great resilience so far in his short AFL career and we remain confident that we’ll see him return to the field later this season.” 

After being selected with the number two pick in last year’s draft, Taranto has played in 12 matches for the Giants after making his debut in round one, and is averaging 15.3 disposals, and 3.9 tackles a game.