Greater Western Sydney skipper Stephen Coniglio is on light duties after the club confirmed the 27-year-old suffered concussion in an intra-club practice match last Friday.
The diagnosis means he will be sidelined for 12 days under the AFL’s tightened concussion protocols in 2021 which force players to wait the prescribed period before returning to contact training and playing.
The Giants expect Coniglio still to be available for the club’s practice match against Sydney, which is to be held the weekend after next with the midfielder on the same timeline as North Melbourne midfielder Ben Cunnington who was also concussed last Friday.
Coniglio has missed at least two games through concussion in his 149-game career, being forced to miss a match after a six-day break in 2018 and he was also ruled out of one game in 2015 after an incident that saw former Bomber and Bulldogs’ Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney cop a week’s suspension for a high bump.
After battling with form last season he was dropped for the club’s round 17 game against Melbourne becoming the first captain to be omitted from an AFL team in 22 years. He was recalled the following week.
The Giants are also uncertain about a return date for Lachie Whitfield after he suffered a bruised liver, however they admit he is no guarantee to be available for their round one clash.
The Giants are scheduled to play the Brisbane Lions in an official pre-season match in Canberra on March 7.