West Adelaide veteran Jason Porplyzia is considering his playing future after seriously injuring his knee in a trial match against Glenelg last Friday night.
Set to undergo surgery on a full knee reconstruction on Friday, the former Crow landed awkwardly after an incident in the third term against the Tigers at City Mazda Stadium.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, West Football Manager Andrew Marks said Porplyzia won’t rush into a decision in regard to his on-field career after enduring a frustrating season with injury last year.
Marks said the club had received several positive messages of support for the 32-year-old, who was aiming to rekindle his outstanding form produced in 2015.
Porplyzia’s absence comes on top of Bloods captain Chris Schmidt being sidelined for the opening six weeks of the season with a knee injury.
Wingman Taite Silverlock is on the verge of selection after hurting his hamstring in the trial matches while ruckman Daniel Webb had an encouraging return in the Reserves last Friday night.
West kicks off its 2017 SANFL Macca’s League season against South Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium on Friday night from 7.10pm.