Gold Coast Suns midfielder Mitch Hallahan will miss the next two months of football after suffering a fractured foot in a NEAFL practice match on Saturday.
Hallahan was a crucial part of the Suns side last season with the amount of injuries that the club suffered in the second half of last season.
With David Swallow and Jaeger O'Meara still out indefinitely, Hallahan was pressing for a recall to the senior side after missing out against the Bombers.
So many long term injuries from Round 1! Swan, Hodge, Hallahan, X Ellis... Long season ahead #Super10— Super10 Commish (@CommishSuper10) March 29, 2016
"He had an X-ray on the night at Pindara [Hospital] which showed he’s got a fracture in his fifth metatarsal, so that’s the bone on the outside of his foot," Suns head physiotherapist Adam Russell said.
"He's off seeing our ankle surgeon, Ben Forster, at the moment, and unfortunately he’ll get that (ankle) screwed this afternoon so he’s looking at about eight weeks on the sidelines."
Second year midfielder Touk Miller also suffered a minor ankle sprain, and despite playing out the rest of the match against Essendon last Saturday afternoon, the club is expected to put him through a fitness test before the trip to Fremantle on Saturday night.