Dawson Simpson will miss the rest of the season after Geelong confirmed he would undergo back surgery on Tuesday.
Geelong ruckman Dawson Simpson will miss the remainder of the AFL season after succumbing to yet another back injury.
Simpson has already undergone surgery twice on his back, and will go under the knife on Tuesday in a move that will end his chances of playing finals football in September.
Cats football manager Neil Balme told K-Rock radio both Geelong players and staff were gutted for the 25-year-old.
“He’s certainly out of the equation for this year, which is disappointing for us as a team, but also particularly disappointing for him,” Balme said.
“It’s bad news for him. Hopefully it’ll be simple enough and he’ll be right for next year.
“It looks like he needs some more work on it. I think it’ll be his third go.”
Balme said the club was confident Simpson would recover in time for the 2015 season.
“It’s all getting pretty serious for him,” Balme said.
“So hopefully this works and he’s able to have a decent crack at it next year.”
“The thought at the moment is he should be fine and he’ll get through this and he’ll be OK.”
Simpson played 13 AFL games in 2014.