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Krakouer has surgery following off-field incident, sanctioned by team leaders

March 15, 2016 10:36 AM

AFL 2015 Rd 23 - Port Adelaide v Fremantle

Nathan Krakouer will be ineligible to return from a club-imposed sanction or rehab until at least Round 6.

PORT ADELAIDE released a statement on Tuesday morning confirming defender Nathan Krakouer had undergone surgery to repair a broken jaw after an incident in Perth on Saturday.

The statement released by the club is as follows:

Port Adelaide player Nathan Krakouer is recovering from surgery on a broken jaw after an incident while out with family in Perth in the early hours of Saturday, March 12.

The 27-year-old was outside a nightclub when he was struck in the head. He has reported the attack to police, who are investigating.

Krakouer was in Perth on a club-sanctioned break but Port Adelaide Football Manager, Chris Davies, says his decision to be drinking at a nightclub was unacceptable.

“Nathan is still recovering from a hamstring strain and his choice to drink alcohol while rehabilitating that injury is far from the professional standards we expect at the Port Adelaide Football Club,” Davies said.

The club’s leadership group has decided Krakouer will train away from the main group until the end of AFL Round 2 and will not be considered for senior selection until AFL Round 6 at the earliest.

Krakouer has apologised to teammates, club staff and supporters and is committed to earning back their trust.

“There is no excuse for me to have been drinking, particularly when I’m still recovering from injury,” Krakouer said. “I’m sorry for betraying the trust of everyone associated with the football club and will do whatever I can to contribute to achieving our goals for this season and beyond.”