Port Adelaide winger Matt White will miss the next 12 weeks of the season after suffering a severe pectoral tear in the team's 33 point win against the Saints on Sunday.
Unfortunately for the 28 year old, White will spend at least six weeks in a sling before he stars his rehabilitation after scans revealed a complete tear of the muscle.
High performance manager Darren Burgess says it is disappointing for the midfielder.
"It's really disappointing for him, unfortunately the symptoms present similar irrespective of the severity of the injury, so we couldn't confirm the details until the scans.
"He'll spend six weeks in a sling and then we'll progress as required after that."
Port Adelaide now has the ability to upgrade three of its rookies as with White being placed on the long term injury list and the omission of Patrick Ryder and Angus Monfries for the season due to ruling handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in January, for their involvement in the Essendon supplements saga in 2012.
Bad news for @PAFC Matt White. He will be sidelined until at least Rd 14 with scans showing a complete tear of right pectoral muscle.— Andrew Capel (@andrewcapel) March 30, 2016