PEARCE Hanley will be out of action for up to six weeks after dislocating his right shoulder in last Sunday’s JLT Community Series win over Brisbane in Southport.
The rebounding defender slid to touch a ball on the goal-line and popped the shoulder out.
Hanley underwent scans on Monday and while he doesn’t require surgery, the news is not good.
“The advice from the surgeons and our medical staff is a fairly conservative approach,” said Gold Coast football manager Jon Haines.
“We expect the recovery period will take four-to-six weeks and at that time Pearce will be ready to play.”
Based on the Suns’ timeline, Hanley, 29, will definitely miss the opening two rounds against North Melbourne and Carlton, and potentially back-to-back matches against Fremantle and West Coast in Perth.
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The loss of Hanley is the latest setback for new coach Stuart Dew who also lost small forward Sean Lemmens to a hamstring injury the previous week against Geelong.