North Melbourne midfielder Jed Anderson is set to miss up to two months with an ankle injury.
Anderson, who returned from a calf injury in Round 2, underwent surgery to repair the ligament damage to his ankle.
He sustained the injury during the Kangaroos’ 128-point thrashing to the Western Bulldogs on Good Friday.
North Melbourne GM of Football Brady Rawlings said it was disappointing to lose Anderson for an extended period.
“It’s unfortunate for Jed (Anderson) and unfortunate for us that he’s going to miss a chunk of the season,” Rawlings said in a club statement.
“Jed wants to play every week and we love him representing our footy club every week.
“The way he attacks the ball and the opposition is what we want all our players to stand for, so it’s disappointing he’s not going to be in our side for some weeks.
“Jed got the injury on the weekend against the Bulldogs, (we) had a lot of consultation this week around how we treat the injury and we’ve landed on the surgical route.
“It’s obviously disappointing when you get an injury of severity.
“We’re confident that this is the right approach to take to repair the ligament damage and we should be able to get him back after the bye.”