CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Jesse Lonergan of the Suns is tackled by Lachie Hunter of the Bulldogs during the round 17 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Suns at Cazaly's Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

O’Meara, Lonergan ruled out for the rest of 2016

Gold Coast has ruled out Jesse Lonergan and Jaeger O’Meara for the rest of the season.

O’Meara returned to the field for the first time in nearly two years in July in the NEAFL, but has been sidelined the past few weeks with knee soreness and is set to have arthroscopic surgery.

“Jaegs had some irritation in his knee. He’s consulted with various medical people within the club and outside the club and it was decided the best course of action was for him to get some surgery on Thursday, which he’ll get down in Melbourne,” Gold Coast general manager of football Marcus Ashcroft said.

“It’s really minor surgery, it’s just an arthroscope, just a minor clean up. Totally unrelated to his patella tendonitis.”

Meanwhile, Lonergan will have shoulder surgery which will also rule him out for the rest of 2016.

“Unfortunately for Jesse, his shoulder did pop out, (and was)really painful on the night,” Ashcroft said.

“(He) didn’t play on the weekend with a view of hopefully being available to play this week but the medical advice is he needs shoulder surgery and he’ll get that done later this week and miss the rest of the year.”