The small forward has undergone shoulder surgery on an injured AC joint.
North Melbourne will be without Robin Nahas for up to seven weeks with the small forward undergoing surgery on Monday on his injured shoulder.
Nahas looked to have dislocated his shoulder after being tackled by Neville Jetta during the Kangaroos’ 41-point win over Melbourne on Sunday.
The 26-year-old was unable to continue and left the field using his playing guernsey as a sling before going to hospital for scans.
“Robbie went straight to hospital during the game to get scans and unfortunately, he did a bit of damage,” Director of Football Geoff Walsh said.
“After seeing the specialist today, he’ll have an operation to repair his AC joint tonight.
“The best case scenario would be to have him back within six to seven weeks at this stage which means he could be back in action late in the year.”
Nahas has played a key role in North’s push for finals football this season, and his injury will come as a blow to the club’s hopes.
In some good news for the club, key midfielder Andrew Swallow has been cleared of serious injury after twisting his knee and will be in contention to face the struggling Brisbane Lions this weekend.
“We’ll be treating Andrew very cautiously this week to see how he pulls up. There’s a bit of fluid around the joint but nothing significant and structurally he’s been cleared of any damage which is a good outcome,” Walsh said.
“He’ll be given up until the last minute to prove his fitness for the game against the Lions.”
North Melbourne currently sit seventh on the AFL ladder, winning eight of their 13 games.