GARY ABLETT is set to undergo surgery in Melbourne today, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
The Suns skipper opted for a reconstruction on his left shoulder after being told he had a 80 per cent chance of another injury if it wasn’t operated on.
His decision came after consulting Victorian shoulder specialist Greg Hoy and senior Suns officials.
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Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft said he’s confident his side is still capable of making the finals without the star player.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge of filling the void and being able to win games of football that they know they’re capable of and hopefully challenging for their first finals position at the end of the season,” he said.
“We take a long term view with all of our players and Gary was no different. We just want to ensure the long term health of Gary and his shoulder going forward.”
The Gold Coast Suns will face their first game without their skipper this Saturday when they take on the Western Bulldogs.