North Melbourne could be without tough midfielder Jed Anderson for up to two months following surgery on his injured ankle.
Anderson had a been a shining light for North since returning from a calf injury in Round 2, but came from the ground late in the second quarter on Friday afternoon after blanketing Dogs’ captain Marcus Bontempelli.
North GM football Brady Rawlings said it was another bump in the road for the Roos.
“It’s unfortunate for Jed and unfortunate for us that he’s going to miss a chunk of the season,” Rawlings told North Media.
“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.”
View the full Brady Rawlings injury report below.