GEELONG has suffered another major injury blow, with midfielder Cameron Guthrie to be sidelined for up to eight weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.

Guthrie underwent an operation on his right ankle on Wednesday evening after his right foot became trapped under West Coast small forward Jamie Cripps’ body in a tackle during last Sunday’s match at Optus Stadium.

The 25-year-old suffered damage to the syndesmosis joint in his right ankle, and after consulting a surgeon on Wednesday morning it was decided that an operation was the best course of action to speed up the recovery time.

GEELONG midfielder Cameron Guthrie has joined superstar Gary Ablett on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury that will keep him out of action for eight weeks.

David Young, the surgeon who played a key role in ensuring Western Bulldogs playmaker Tom Liberatore and Cats skipper Joel Selwood got back on the park in time for their respective finals campaigns in 2016 and 2017, performed the surgery.

“After consultation, it was felt the best course of action was for Cameron to undergo this procedure,” said Cats football manager Simon Lloyd.

Liberatore returned to action 41 days after his operation, while Selwood got back on the field for last year’s qualifying final against Richmond just 32 days after injuring his ankle against Sydney in round 20 2017.

Geelong will be forced to make three changes to the team that lost to the Eagles by 15 points, with Guthrie to join champion midfielder Gary Ablett (hamstring) and livewire Nakia Cockatoo (PCL/knee) on the sidelines.

The Cats confirmed Cockatoo would not need to go under the knife, but no timeline has been given for his return.

Geelong squares off against St Kilda at GMHBA Stadium in the round four twilight game.

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