GREATER Sydney West received a heavy blow with running defender Zac Williams facing a sidelined month with a thigh injury.
Williams left the field in the third quarter of Friday night’s victory over Collingwood and failed to return.
The Giants initially hoped it was just an adjustment, but subsequent analyzes have revealed more damage.
“He had a small hamstring grip when he threw the ball to the ground at the start of this third quarter,” said the Giants’ Cullan Ball medical director.
“We got an analysis of his hamstrings that just shows a small slit in his upper hamstring tendon. We think Zac will probably miss about a month.”
In better news for the Giants, key defender Phil Davis has a chance to face Hawthorn this week, even if he didn’t finish the game against the Pies either.
“Phil just felt a bit of tightness in his hamstrings and we decided to take no chances with him,” said Ball.
“He did a scan which went very well for us. It is clear and he will be a test for this week’s game and his fingers crossed, he will be all good.”
Meanwhile, Isaac Cumming will be missed up to three months after a major hamstring injury during the reserve training game.
Defending club champion Tim Taranto is expected to return next month after his shoulder reconstruction.