Geelong midfielder Sam Menegola will undergo knee surgery that will sideline him for up to a month.
Menegola, 27, was a late out for Sunday’s Mother’s Day match against North Melbourne with coach Chris Scott revealing it is “unlikely” he will play before the bye.
The underrated Cat averages 20.4 disposals and two clearances from his eight games in 2019.
“Sam Menegola is going to need surgery,” Scott told reporters.
“We are hoping it can turn around in a couple of weeks. It is unlikely he will play AFL before the bye.
“He has a cartilage issue that can go from feeling fine one minute to not so good the next. It can only be fixed by surgical means.”
Scott also confirmed that veteran key defender Lachie Henderson will also miss two to three weeks with a ruptured plantar fascia.
In-form small forward Gary Rohan (concussion) remains in doubt for Saturday’s clash against the Western Bulldogs, while Joel Selwood (lower leg) and Tom Stewert (neck) will both be available.