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Joel Garner's successful shoulder surgery

portadelaidefc.com.au  June 27, 2018 1:07 PM

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - June 17: Joel Garner of the Magpies is tackled by Shane McAdam of the Blues during the 2018 SANFL round 11 match between the Port Adelaide Magpies and the Sturt Football Club at Alberton Oval on June 17, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - June 17: Joel Garner of the Magpies is tackled by Shane McAdam of the Blues during the 2018 SANFL round 11 match between the Port Adelaide Magpies and the Sturt Football Club at Alberton Oval on June 17, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

PORT ADELAIDE defender Joel Garner has had successful shoulder reconstruction surgery on Tuesday, bringing his season to a premature end.

Garner has played all ten games in the SANFL for the Magpies this season, impressing with his toughness, composure, and clean disposal.

Port Adelaide Head of High Performance Ian McKeown said the decision for Garner to have surgery was made after he had suffered a number of shoulder incidents throughout the season.

“Joel had experienced several shoulder subluxations across the season, it was only a matter of time before he would have to have surgery. After careful deliberation the decision was made to have surgery this week. The timing gives Joel the absolute best opportunity to rehab well and be in an optimal space for next preseason, and beyond.”

The 19-year-old was taken by Port Adelaide with pick 60 in the 2017 National Draft from the Eastern Ranges.

In more positive news, tall defender Jarrod Lienert is available for Magpies selection this week as a timely replacement for Garner.

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