GIANTS defender Nick Haynes will face a fitness test later this week to determine whether he will be available for the GIANTS’ trip to Optus Stadium to take on the Dockers.
The All Australian was subbed out of Saturday’s game against the Suns with an ankle injury and underwent scans over the weekend. He’ll undergo further treatment this week before a decision is made on whether he’ll fly west.
GIANTS Head of Medical Services James Rahme said:
“Nick saw a specialist on Monday and has been cleared of any major damage and doesn’t require surgery on his ankle. We’ll need to see how he responds to treatment and he’ll undergo a fitness test later this week.”
Phil Davis, Jacob Hopper and Daniel Lloyd all underwent successful surgeries last week and have returned to the club to begin rehabilitation.
Lloyd underwent surgery for a fractured forearm, while it was determined that surgery was also the best course of action for both Hopper (knee) and Davis (hamstring) following scans and consultations in Melbourne last week.
“Our immediate steps with Phil, Jacob and Daniel are to make sure they’re healing well post-surgery, and then to plan out what the next few weeks look like for them to get them back on the field,” Rahme said.
Draftee Josh Fahey is expected to return to full training this week, but will need to be cleared to play at either level after he suffered a minor shoulder injury at training two weeks ago.
The GIANTS face the Fremantle Dockers in Perth in round four this Saturday at Optus Stadium at 5:25pm WST/7:25pm EST.
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