TAYLOR Garner's season is in jeopardy, with North Melbourne contemplating sending him for surgery after he suffered a high-grade hamstring strain at training on Tuesday.
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The 26-year-old forward, who's had a cursed run since being a first-round draft pick in 2012, followed teammate Ed Vickers-Willis (turf toe) off the track and both underwent scans.
Garner's latest hamstring setback is on his right leg and follows him missing the entirety of the 2018 season with hip and groin problems.
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He played his first senior game in 623 days in round seven last year but has managed only 43 senior appearances into his eighth season on the Kangaroos' list.
Garner spoke to AFL.com.au after that return game, revealing he had an exercise regimen for his troublesome hamstrings and he had received great support from North's medical and physiotherapy teams.
"I'm sure they're as proud as I am about playing out here again," Garner said at the time.
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"It's just as hard for them sometimes. If I get knocked down, they get knocked down a bit, too."
Garner also missed a stretch of games last season because of an internal suspension after being involved in a barfight in Sydney during the club's bye.
Vickers-Willis, another who's had a horror injury run, strained the tendon in a toe on his right foot and dislocated it after a marking contest, and came from the field under the aid of two trainers.
There were fears from onlookers that he might have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament again but that was soon allayed.
Vickers-Willis, 24, must avoid weight bearing for up to a fortnight before ramping up his running again.
It's an unfortunate blow for the 15-game defender, who had resumed full training from his ACL tear in round one last season and was eyeing a playing return.
He was the No.36 selection in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft and has shown promise in his limited matches.
Both Garner and Vickers-Willis are out of contract at year's end.