St Kilda midfielder Jack Steele has been sidelined for a while after injuring his shoulder in Saturday’s win against Geelong.
Despite his return to the field after medical treatment in the second quarter, scans on Sunday confirmed the club captain will require surgery on his right AC joint.
St Kilda football head David Rath praised Steele’s toughness after playing through a lot of pain for the second half.
“Jack is a really tough guy and playing last night despite his injury is proof of that,” said head of football David Rath.
“It’s really disappointing to have Jack out for an extended period of time, but it’s important for him to get the treatment he needs to get him ready for the second half of the season.
“He’s a warrior and would continue to play if necessary, but we have to do what’s right for Jack in the long run.
“Jack is a professional on and off the pitch and will no doubt attack his rehabilitation professionally, hopefully allowing him to return to play as soon as possible.”
A typical time frame for a return from successful AC joint surgery is 6-8 weeks.