Under-fire North Melbourne coach Brad Scott will miss a month of coaching to undergo back surgery.
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The Kangaroos on Monday confirmed Scott would miss four matches due to a serious back issue.
Scott had wanted to delay the surgery until the end of the season, however Kangaroos football director Geoff Walsh said the embattled coach made the decision to go under the knife this week.
“This is something he has been dealing with, and something he hoped he would be able to manage with treatment and medication until the end of the season,” Walsh said in a club statement.
“Unfortunately, the symptoms and pain levels have become such, he now requires back surgery and that will mean a decent recovery period away from the game.”
Scott will be absent for this weekend’s clash with the high-flying West Coast and is also expected to miss the Kangaroos’ folowing three matches against the Sydney Swans, GWS Giants and Gold Coast Suns as he recovers from surgery.
Senior assistant Darren Crocker will step in as Scott’s replacement.
It’s not the first time Crocker will jump into the main job at Arden Street after previously taking on the role as caretaker for 10 matches when Dean Laidley resigned from the club in 2009.
The news comes after North Melbourne’s horror loss to Collingwood on Sunday which leaves the Kangaroos in 13th place on the AFL ladder with a 4-5 record.