Prized North Melbourne recruit Jed Anderson will miss up to 10 weeks with the serious hamstring injury he sustained in the Kangaroos’ win over Adelaide.
Anderson, who was playing his first game for the Roos since his off-season move from Hawthorn, suffered the injury in the second quarter at Etihad Stadium and did not return to the field.
Initial optimism it was only a strain was dashed when scans revealed he had suffered tendon damage.
“Jed sustained a tear to his proximal hamstring tendon on Saturday night and had scans on Sunday to assess the damage,” North Melbourne director of football Geoff Walsh said.
“We anticipate a recovery period of between eight to ten weeks at this stage.”
North teammate Nick Dal Santo missed nine rounds last year after undergoing surgery on his damaged hamstring tendon but Anderson will not go under the surgeon’s knife.
“Jed’s is a partial tear whereas Nick suffered a full tear so no surgery is required,” Walsh said.
“Given the nature of Jed’s injury, we’ll be in a better position to give a more accurate time-frame on his recovery period in the coming weeks.”
Lindsay Thomas received treatment for a shoulder injury during the same match but has been cleared to play against Brisbane in round two.