Benalla product and North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite has been sidelined from AFL action for up to a month with a shoulder injury.
Last week the Roos confirmed Waite will undergo shoulder surgery and is expected to be out for about a month while he recovers.
North Melbourne general manager for football Cameron Joyce told NMFC.com.au that Waite injured his acromioclavicular (A/C) joint in the Roos’ first round loss to West Coast at Etihad Stadium.
‘‘Unfortunately Jarrad had scans this morning and they have shown that he will require surgery on his left shoulder this week,’’ Joyce said.
‘‘We anticipate that he will be out for about four to six weeks. We’re hopeful to have him available for selection sooner rather than later.’’
Joyce said Waite’s absence from the Roos’ forward line provided yet another opportunity for a younger player to step up.
‘‘While we are obviously disappointed to see Jarrad sidelined, we had a number of really strong performances from our forwards in Werribee’s VFL practice match on Saturday afternoon,’’ Joyce said.
‘‘There are plenty of players ready to come in and make that position their own.’’
The Roos could have done with Waite’s input to their match against the Geelong Cats at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
The Roos went down to the Cats after a thrilling 20-point comeback.