COLLINGWOOD defender Paul Seedsman is likely to miss the start of the season after undergoing hip surgery.
Seedsman has had trouble completing running drills throughout the pre-season, forcing the Magpies to take action now.
Collingwood football manager Rodney Eade said the surgery would give Seedsman the best chance to recover and prepare for the year ahead.
"He was training well but had a problem in his hip that was impinging on his running," Eade said on the Collingwood website.
"He could have gone through the season with it but we felt [by] mid-year he would have had to cut his training and that would have most likely impacted on his playing.
"It is still early in the season so we felt it was best to have the surgery now and it is only a six week lay-off and we can get him back into full training again."The 22-year-old played 17 games for the Pies in 2013, including the club's first final against Port Adelaide, averaging 18.9 disposals per game.