North Melbourne’s Brayden George has undergone surgery to repair a left elbow dislocation.
George sustained the injury during an off-season training session while spending time back home in Wangaratta.
Taken from the Murray Bushrangers with pick No.26 in the 2022 AFL Draft, the promising forward missed the entire 2023 season while recovering from an ACL injury he sustained during his draft year.
"This is disappointing news for Brayden, especially after being sidelined for his whole first season with us," North Melbourne general manager of football Todd Viney said.
"He returned to full, unrestricted training in August and was looking forward to getting stuck into his first pre-season in the coming weeks."
"Brayden has shown tremendous strength of character and resilience during his ACL rehab this year and we know he will attack this injury with the same attitude.
"While this will obviously impact his pre-season, we expect Brayden to be back running soon with the aim to return to full unrestricted training in approximately 12 weeks. We don’t expect the injury to impact his availability for the upcoming season."