Giants’ Griffen out for final AFL match

Giants’ Griffen out for final AFL match

Greater Western Sydney midfielder Ryan Griffen will miss the Giants’ final AFL match against Melbourne after scans revealed the veteran has a grade-two medial ligament injury.

Griffen, who hasn’t missed a game this season, suffered the injury to his right knee in the third term of the Giants’ 81-point win over Carlton at Spotless Stadium on Saturday.

The 29-year-old won’t require surgery and is expected to be available for the beginning of pre-season training in November.

In more positive news for coach Leon Cameron, defender Nick Haynes is a chance to return this week after missing the clash with the Blues due to groin soreness.

Ruckman Andrew Phillips will likely miss another week with a shoulder injury but will be available for the NEAFL finals the following week.

Meanwhile, rookie-listed midfielder Sam Schulz won’t play again this season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s NEAFL match against Sydney University.

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