Veteran Callan Ward is unlikely to play for GWS again this season and may require surgery to repair a compound finger fracture sustained during the loss to West Coast.
Giant coach Leon Cameron said Ward was due to see a surgeon last night after damaging his left middle finger during the third quarter at Optus Stadium.
Cameron was not prepared to write off Ward’s season but admitted the defender’s prognosis was grim.
“I’m told it was a compound fracture and he is off to see the surgeon,” Cameron said.
“It doesn’t look good. There are some photos around of the finger being out of whack.
“He has had a wretched run of luck the last year and half with all his injuries.
“If they have to operate and he is out for a while that is an opportunity for someone else to come in.
“If he does have surgery he will have a bit of time on the sidelines.”
Ward, who has played 164 matches for the Giants and trails record-holder Jeremy Cameron by just two, had a knee reconstruction early last year after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament and had this season disrupted by further knee problems.
The Giants dropped to 11th place with a 6-6 record but Cameron lauded the effort of his oldest player, 34-year-old ruckman Shane Mumford, after West Coast big man Nic Naitanui made a remarkable start to the game.
Naitanui had eight disposal, seven hits out, seven clearances and snapped a superb goal in the first term.
“You have to put it into perspective,” Cameron said.
“He was the dominant player on the ground in the first quarter, clearly, but although we were trying to think of what to do, you can’t just change your ruck.
“Mummy after quarter time was enormous
“He is 33 (sic), on one leg and what he did after quarter time was phenomenal.”
Naitanui finished with 28 hit outs and seven clearances to Mumford’s 24 and four but also claimed two marks for the first time this season.