Surgery for Smedts

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Updated: January 6, 2016
A dejected Billie Smedts looks on after hurting his shoulder at Geelong training on Monday afternoon. Picture: AL PACKER
Billie Smedts watches Geelong training on Wednesday. Picture: AL PACKER

Billie Smedts watches Geelong training on Wednesday. Picture: AL PACKER

BILLIE Smedts will be sidelined for up to four months after scans confirmed he needs surgery on a dislocated shoulder.

K-ROCK Football.com.au revealed on Monday that the Geelong utility left the training track dejected after injuring the shoulder out during a kicking drill.

“This is a setback for Billie, who had been training strongly over the summer,” Geelong’s football boss Steve Hocking said.

“He will miss the remainder of the pre-season but is likely to be available in May. We are confident that the surgery and rehab will strengthen Billie’s shoulder and allow him to play without this being an on-going issue.”

MENZEL’S MENTAL BATTLE

Smedts, who signed a new two-year deal in August, has played just 37 games in five seasons with the Cats since being taken with pick 15 in the 2010 National Draft.

He has managed just 10 matches in the last two years with a broken leg in 2014 and broken collarbone last year ruining both seasons.

“Injuries are never easy particularly during this time of the year,” Hocking said.

“Billie will be resilient and work through this, as he has done before when he has suffered setbacks.”

Scott (left) and Joel Selwood ran strongly as they continue their recovery from injury. Picture: AL PACKER

Scott (left) and Joel Selwood ran strongly as they continue their recovery from injury. Picture: AL PACKER

Meanwhile, in some good news, captain Joel Selwood (plantar fasciitis) brother Scott (ankle), Jordan Murdoch (hip) and Mitch Duncan (Achilles tendon) will be integrated into training over the next month.

Linc McCarthy, who has battled persistent foot problems, took part in some match simulation.

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