Gold Coast midfield star Jaeger O’Meara will not be making his AFL comeback this year as he is to undergo season-ending knee surgery.
O’Meara hasn’t played for the Suns since the final round of the 2014 season and may well not play for the club again as his contract expires at the end of the current campaign.
The 22-year-old West Australian ruptured a patella tendon in a reserves’ pre-season match last year.
He made a return to action with the reserves in July but has been sidelined for the past two weeks due to knee soreness.
Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft said the 2013 AFL rising star would undergo arthroscopic surgery in Melbourne this week but his latest injury is unrelated to his patella tendon issue.
“It was decided the best course of action was for him to get some surgery on Thursday, which he’ll get down in Melbourne,” Ashcroft said.
“It’s really minor surgery, it’s just an arthroscope, just a minor clean up. Totally unrelated to his patella tendonitis.”
In further Suns injury news Jesse Lonergan’s year is also over with surgery required on an injured shoulder.
Alex Sexton (corked thigh) and Tom Nicholls (knee) will both miss this weekend’s clash with Essendon after picking up knocks in last weekend’s eight-point loss to Greater Western Sydney.
Midfielder David Swallow is set to make his return from a serious knee injury, named to play in the Suns’ reserves this weekend.