Essendon midfielder David Myers will miss at least three months of action after it was revealed he requires shoulder surgery.
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Myers will undergo surgery on Wednesday after injuring his shoulder in a clash with Sydney Swans forward Kurt Tippett in round one.
According to a an Essendon statement, Myers made the decision after consulting club doctor Bruce Reid and and surgeon Greg Hoy on Tuesday night.
Reid said the surgery would put Myers out of action for at least 12 weeks.
“Mr Grey Hoy will operate on David’s shoulder tomorrow,” Reid said.
“David will have a bone block and screws inserted into the shoulder, and we could expect to see him back playing as soon as twelve weeks.”
Myers says he’s confident of making an impact upon his return in the second half of the season.
“I made the decision to have surgery after weighing up all the evidence that Dr Bruce Reid and Greg Hoy put on the table,” Myers said.
“The upside of the procedure is I’ll be able to get back into running within three to four weeks, and hopefully playing after twelve weeks.”
“I want to make a positive impact on the team when I return, and the operation will give me the best chance to play my role and help the team push for finals.”
Several other clubs are dealing with bad medical news, with Gold Coast losing influential skipper Gary Ablett indefinitely after yet another shoulder injury setback.
West Coast vice-captain Scott Selwood looks set to miss the derby against Fremantle with an ankle injury.
The depleted Eagles outfit will also be without on-baller Simon Tunbridge, who will miss three months also with an ankle injury.