DASHING Gold Coast defender Pearce Hanley will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery on Monday.
The setback continues a horror run for Hanley in the past 12 months.
Since being traded from Brisbane to the Gold Coast at the conclusion of the 2016 season, Hanley has had to overcome multiple injuries and the personal tragedy of losing his younger brother to cancer.
The Irishman dislocated his shoulder in the JLT Community Series against Brisbane last month, then sustained the same injury in his first game back against Fremantle in round three.
Meanwhile, ruckman Tom Nicholls is set for an even lengthier stint on the sidelines, the 24-year-old tipped to be out of action for four months after also undergoing shoulder surgery.
Gold Coast football manager Jon Haines said the surgery had gone well for both players.
“Both the boys had surgery yesterday on their respective shoulders and both went well, which is pleasing,” said Haines.
“They’ll obviously commence their rehabilitation pretty much straight away.”