Sydney Swans co-captain Callum Mills has undergone shoulder surgery after being injured during a post-season drink and could be in doubt for the start of next season. AFL.
The Swans confirmed the midfielder had surgery last week, with the Seven Network reporting Mills was injured while wrestling with a teammate during the traditional Mad Monday end-of-season celebrations.
Sydney has not set a timetable for Mills’ return, but his recovery will eat into the pre-season, if not the start of the Swans’ 2024 campaign.
“Losing players to injury during the off-season is always disappointing,” Swans football boss Charlie Gardiner said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Callum is our captain and an important member of the team. We are extremely disappointed with this injury.
Sydney Swans co-captain Callum Mills (pictured with Tiffany Browne) has undergone shoulder surgery after injuring himself during a post-season drink and could be in doubt for the start of the next AFL season.
“Callum is also disappointed, as you can imagine, but he is recovering well and will get to work on his rehabilitation straight away.”
Mills missed most of the 2018 season after breaking his foot in a freak accident.
In May that year, the Swans announced that Mills was throwing an American football with his teammates while returning from a cafe when he tripped and fell.
The 26-year-old has made 155 appearances since his debut in 2016, initially as a halfback before moving to midfield.
Last year’s grand finalist, Sydney finished eighth this season and were knocked out by Carlton in the playoff final.
The Swans confirmed Mills (pictured) had surgery last week, with the Seven Network reporting Mills was injured while wrestling with a teammate during the traditional Mad Monday end-of-season celebrations.