Fremantle and West Coast will both face GWS without the Giants’ first-choice ruckman this season, with Braydon Preuss set to miss up to five months with a shoulder injury.
The 25-year-old dislocated his left shoulder at training on Monday and will undergo surgery tomorrow.
The Dockers are due to host GWS for their home opener at Optus Stadium in Round 2, while the Eagles will meet them in Round 10 should the fixture go as planned.
Preuss joined his third AFL club when the Giants traded pick 31 to Melbourne in exchange for the 206cm big man last November.
He had been slated to carry the ruck load after veteran duo Shane Mumford and Sam Jacobs both struggled for consistent impact at stoppages last season.
“This is obviously hugely disappointing for Braydon who has come into our club and had an immediate impact on the training track,” GWS football manager Jason McCartney said.
“He’s had a huge preseason and was tracking really well before his injury on Monday.
“Braydon will now attack his rehab with a view to returning to the field during the middle of the season.”
Preuss managed just 18 games in six seasons with Melbourne and North Melbourne, where he had played back-up roles for Max Gawn and Todd Goldstein respectively.
The Giants may now call on 34-year-old Mumford, who remains on their rookie list, while developing ruckman Matthew Flynn could also get his opportunity at the top level.
– with AAP