GREATER Western Sydney has been dealt a major blow ahead of Saturday’s important clash against North Melbourne, with key defender Phil Davis to miss the trip to Tasmania because of concussion.
The 27-year-old was knocked out during the third term of last Saturday’s 24-point loss to West Coast when he was collected by Jack Darling’s elbow in a marking contest.
Davis will be replaced by fellow key defender Tim Mohr who will play just his 47th game in seven seasons and first since round 10 last year.
Giants coach Leon Cameron said Davis should be right to play against Essendon at Spotless Stadium in round 10.
“(He’s feeling) better, but he is not going to play this weekend,” said Cameron.
“It was a really big hit as everyone at the game would have seen.”
“He had some headaches on Sunday (and) Monday (and they were) minor yesterday.”
“But with the concussion protocol, obviously if you get to Wednesday and you still have some symptoms then it probably rules you out for the game.”
“It’s disappointing we’re not going to have him on the weekend.”
Davis joins an extensive Greater Western Sydney injury list which already includes stars Josh Kelly (groin), Toby Greene (foot), Brett Deledio (hamstring), Tom Scully (ankle) and Zac Williams (Achilles).
“Kelly is training today, but we’ve decided to give him an extra week, so we expect him to play next week,” Cameron said.
“Toby is probably another two or three weeks away in terms of making sure his conditioning is right to absorb AFL footy.”
“We don’t want to run that risk of having another hamstring or another issue with Toby, because then all of a sudden the season starts slipping away.”
Pressure forward Matt de Boer will also miss the game against the Kangaroos after being forced off in the first half against the Eagles with a hamstring injury.
Cameron said Deledio is a chance to return next week against the Bombers or the following week against Adelaide, the club erring on the side of caution given the former Tiger’s injury history.
Deledio played just 18 games across the 2016 and 2017 seasons because of ongoing calf issues.
The meeting with North Melbourne shapes as a season-defining one in the context of the Giants’ season, the men in orange and charcoal having claimed the four premiership points in just two of their past six outings.