Greater Western Sydney have suffered a brutal injury blow on the eve of the new AFL season, with gun midfielder Tim Taranto to miss between four and five months due to surgery he will have to repair a dislocated shoulder.
The 22-year-old, who was crowned the Giants’ club champion last year, suffered the injury early in the first quarter of his side’s pre-season demolition of the Sydney Swans on Saturday.
Taranto’s right shoulder dislodged as he tried to win the ball in a completely innocuous contest. The joint popped straight back into place but after undergoing scans, the club opted to send him for surgery this week, which means he will miss the first half of the season.
“This is no doubt disappointing individually for Tim, particularly after the stellar season he had last year,” said GWS general manager of football Jason McCartney.