GOLD Coast recruit Michael Barlow will undergo surgery on Sunday after breaking his left leg in the Suns’ 10-point AFL loss to Carlton.
The ex-Fremantle player, who suffered a horror break to the same leg in his debut season in 2010, crumpled in a tackle midway through the final term of Saturday’s clash.
Barlow immediately signalled for assistance and was stretchered off the field, with the Blues charging home in the final minutes after the injury break to secure the win.
The 29-year-old was taken to hospital straight after the game and while Suns’ football manager Marcus Ashcroft said a prognosis won’t be available until after surgery, Barlow’s season is almost certainly finished.
“He’s fractured it, not sure if it’s one bone or both bones,” Ashcroft told the Seven Network.
“At this stage, looks likely he’ll miss the rest of the season.”
Barlow’s injury completed a miserable night for the Suns’, with coach Rodney Eade admitting his team simply hadn’t turned up in a first half where the Blues threatened to blow the hosts away.
Key players Tom Lynch and Gary Ablett were highlighted by Eade following the loss and he has promised changes for next Sunday’s away clash with St Kilda.
“Even though we got up in front, we didn’t deserve to win,” Eade said.
“We’re looking at consistency, we didn’t get that (on Saturday) and we’re looking to bounce back next week.”