Stand-in Giants captain Toby Greene will be sidelined for at least the next four weeks with a fractured shoulder in a fresh injury blow for Greater Western Sydney.
Greene took a hit in the third quarter of GWS’s four-point defeat to Richmond, and scans on Sunday revealed he had suffered a fracture to the greater tuberosity of his humerus.
Toby Greene will miss at least the next month with a shoulder injury.Credit:Getty Images
In a best-case scenario, the Giants expect to have the in-form 27-year-old back on deck for their home clash with Carlton in round 14.
“Toby’s as tough as they come and played out the game with the fracture in his shoulder,” said the club’s head of medical Cullan Ball.
“Knowing Toby, he’ll do everything right in his recovery and rehabilitation and he’ll be back out on field as soon as possible.”
Greene has been in sensational form this year amid calls for him to replace Stephen Coniglio as the club’s full-time skipper.
The crafty forward recently signed a new contract extension with GWS and hosed down any talk of him usurping Coniglio, but his absence will force the Giants to look elsewhere for an interim leader.
Lachie Whitfield, Josh Kelly and Jacob Hopper are the only other fit members of the club’s official leadership group, with ex-skipper Phil Davis (calf), Matt de Boer (hamstring) and Coniglio (ankle) all several weeks away from a return.
There was more bad news for GWS on the injury front – Harry Perryman, who was subbed out of the Tigers loss with a hamstring injury, has suffered a grade one strain which will keep him out for three to four weeks.
Defenders Nick Haynes and Sam Reid, however, are a chance of facing the West Coast Eagles at Giants Stadium on Sunday if they can prove their fitness this week.
The Giants sit just outside the AFL’s top eight with four wins from the first nine rounds.
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