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Surgery ends Dick's season

30/07/2010 05:25:24 PM Comments (0)

Highly-rated Collingwood small forward Brad Dick has suffered another injury setback to his AFL career.

Dick will undergo a left shoulder reconstruction next Tuesday, ending his season.

When fit, the 22-year-old is in the Magpies' best side and this latest problem is particularly galling because Collingwood are playing so well ahead of the finals.

Dick made his senior debut in 2007, but has only managed 24 matches.

A knee reconstruction ruined his 2008 season and he originally hurt his shoulder in the pre-season.

Dick returned in round 12, kicking four goals in the draw with Melbourne, but he hurt the shoulder again in the round 13 win over Sydney.

"He just hasn't come up from the shoulder, since the last time it popped out," said Magpies football manager Geoff Walsh.

"The last few weeks, we've been trying to strengthen it and rehabilitate him through that shoulder region.

"The last week has shown us he's not going to stand a game preparation, so it's best to pull stumps for now and give him the opportunity to get it right well-and-truly before the 2011 season commences.

"He should be right by mid to late December, hopefully."

Dick was set for a big year after his breakthrough 2009 season, when he played 16 games and received a Rising Star nomination.

"He's been dogged by bad luck, the last 12-18 months," Walsh said.

"He had a knee reconstruction a couple of years ago and lately his shoulder has been a bit of an issue for him.

"Hopefully the repair job is something that puts all that behind him."

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