North forward may need hamstring op

28 May 2020 18:57:24 GMTPlus10

Taylor Garner has become the second North Melbourne player to be hurt in training this week.

The forward may need surgery, after suffering a high-grade hamstring strain.

Garner has been with the Kangaroos for almost eight years, but his bad luck with injuries has been a contributing factor to him only playing 43 games so far.

Recruited with the No.15 pick at the 2012 national draft, his injury problems started in his second season with the club.

He missed the whole of that 2014 campaign, and was again sidelined for the entire 2018 season.

Last year, he played his first senior game in 623 days when the Kangaroos beat Carlton in round 7.

North general manager of football Brady Rawlings said: "We sent Taylor off immediately after he felt soreness in his hamstring. The imaging has revealed a high-grade strain.

"We will continue to assess things and make a call later in the week as to whether surgical intervention is required."

The 26-year-old forward followed teammate Ed Vickers-Willis off the track and both underwent scans.

Vickers-Willis, who has also had a horror injury run, strained the tendon in a toe on his right foot and dislocated it after a marking contest.

The 24-year-old, who has played 15 senior games, must avoid weight bearing for up to a fortnight before ramping up his running again.

Vickers-Willis, who like Garner is out of contract at the end of this year, had resumed full training from his ACL tear in round one last season and was eyeing a playing return.

North Melbourne are 100/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Kangaroos are 5/2 to win their next game against Greater Western Sydney, who are 1/3.

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