Crows midfielder Harry Schoenberg will have surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles following Saturday night’s win over West Coast.
Schoenberg suffered the injury in the final quarter at Optus Stadium and scans this week confirmed he would require surgery.
After a period of rest post-surgery he will begin his rehabilitation and faces a modified pre-season program with the aim of returning to play early in the 2024 season.
“It’s a really disappointing outcome for Harry who has played some great footy and finished the season strongly,” Crows High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said.
“He will have surgery on his Achilles this week and begin the rehabilitation process which we anticipate being around 6-9 months before he integrates back into full training."
Key forward Elliott Himmelberg has had surgery on a hamstring injury he suffered in the SANFL this month.
Himmelberg is expected to resume running in 10-12 weeks and be in full training post-Christmas.
Shane McAdam is also recovering after surgery on a fractured cheekbone following the Round 23 loss to Sydney, but it is not expected to impact his off-season.
Defenders Nick Murray and Tom Doedee are progressing well with their rehabilitation from ACL surgery as are Jordon Butts, Chayce Jones and Zac Taylor who all required foot surgery this season.
“All of those guys are progressing at various stages of their recovery and are in the gym putting in the work to put themselves in the best position possible to get back to footy next year," Burgess said.