Dockers big man ruled out for half of the AFL season after surgery.
Injury prone ruckman Aaron Sandilands has been told he will need to sit out the next 12 weeks of the AFL season after undergoing surgery on his hamstring strain.
The 211cm star was scheduled to return to the Dockers’ line-up for their round two clash against the Western Bulldogs but her further aggravated it at training last week.
Sandilands consulted specialists in Melbourne and he went under the knife so he might play some part in Fremantle’tilt at the flag in 2013.
“It’s very disappointing for Aaron and the club but with the appropriate period of recovery and a structured rehabilitation program, it is possible he will be available for selection mid-way through the season,” said Fremantle football manager Chris Bond told News.com.au.
“But at this stage we will have to wait until after his surgery and the recovery phase before we can be more specific about when Aaron will be available for selection.”
The news is tempered by the fact the Dockers looked impressive in their first-round win in the 37th western derby.
Despite giving up an early lead to the West Coast Eagles, the Dockers stormed home to clinch an impressive 28-point win, with Jonathan Griffin gaining 20 hit-outs and 12 possesions.