Rory Lobb will miss the remainder of the Dockers 2021 campaign after being sent in for surgery.
Lobb who is reported to be considering requesting a trade with still two-years remaining on his contract ran out of time for his troublesome ankle to recover without intervention.
General Manager of Football Peter Bell said once it become clear Lobb would not make it back this season then surgery was the best option.
“Following some light mobilisation work this week, Rory’s ankle became further inflamed and sore,” Bell said.
“After consulting with the surgeon it was decided that the surgery planned for the off-season should be brought forward.
“While this means Rory’s 2021 season is over, we are pleased that the surgery went as planned and he can now use this time to recover and get himself in the best possible shape for the start of our pre-season.”