Taranto up to nine weeks away
Midfielder Tim Taranto faces at least two more months on the sidelines for Greater Western Sydney.
The Giants' reigning best and fairest winner has a while left to go in his recovery from shoulder reconstruction surgery.
Taranto, who was the No.2 overall selection in the 2016 national draft, had his surgery in pre-season and was originally expected to miss half the campaign.
He was hurt in the pre-season Marsh Community Series game against Sydney, dislocating his right shoulder.
Coach Leon Cameron feels he's made good progress so far, but he won't be available for the Giants' next game.
"Tim Taranto is probably about eight to nine weeks away," said Cameron.
"Clearly there's going to be a benefit in the stop-start season for a number of clubs with players who've had injuries, and Tim will have that benefit which is great for our reigning best and fairest."
The 22-year-old won the Brett Kirk Medal for being best afield in the first Sydney derby of the season last year, and played 26 games overall as GWS made their first Grand Final.
Taranto and Matthew Flynn (knee), are the only Giants set to be unavailable for their next game, with former co-captain Callan Ward ready to go after his knee reconstruction in round four last year.
Cameron is prepared to hold Ward back if necessary.
"If we don't think he's ready [by round two] then we'll give him another week. Right now there's probably no reason to hold him back," said the coach. "He's 30 years old, we trust our ex-captain to play a come out and play a really good brand of footy from the start."
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