Preuss worst fears confirmed

20 February 2021 20:52:59 GMTPlus11

Greater Western Sydney have confirmed ruckman Braydon Preuss is looking at five months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

The 25-year-old picked up the injury in training on Monday and GWS revealed he would need to undergo scans to discover the full extent of the damage.

The results are back and it is not good news for Preuss who has been told he will require a full shoulder reconstruction and a lengthy rehabilitation process.

Preuss underwent the operation on Thursday and now the process of getting him back fully fit and on the pitch as soon as possible begins.

He arrived at the club in last year's Trade Period and after a strong pre-season, was expected to be the club's first-choice ruck option this season.

Giants footy boss Jason McCartney admits it is a big blow, but everything will now be done to ensure he returns in top shape.

"This is obviously hugely disappointing for Braydon who has come into our club and had an immediate impact on the training track," McCartney said.

"He's had a huge pre-season and was tracking really well before his injury on Monday.

"Braydon will now attack his rehab with a view to returning to the field during the middle of the season."

Preuss played 18 senior games with both North Melbourne and Melbourne and was hoping to take his game to another level with GWS.

The situation means head coach Leon Cameron will now turn to 34-year-old Shane Mumford to fill the void, with uncapped Academy graduate Matthew Flynn set to press his claims this season as well.

GWS are priced at 18/1 to win the A-League grand final.

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