JEREMY Cameron requires surgery on his left ankle and has been ruled out for the remainder of Greater Western Sydney's season.
Cameron has had trouble with both ankles this year, injuring his right ankle earlier in the season before hurting his left one in GWS' victory over the Brisbane Lions in round 13.
Despite also sustaining a perforated eardrum earlier in the year, Cameron has still managed to feature in 14 of a possible 17 games for the Giants, kicking a team-high 29 goals.
But he has been well below the level that led to 62 goals and an All Australian jumper last year, and the decision has been made to get him ready for the start of the pre-season in November.
"Unfortunately Jeremy has had an injury interrupted season, firstly with his right ankle, a perforated eardrum and then his left ankle which he injured against Brisbane," GWS football manager Graeme Allan said.
"We have now received medical advice that he needs to undergo surgery on his left ankle.
"He will then undergo rehab and be ready to start pre-season training and look forward to 2015."
Cameron had appeared closer to his best against Geelong on Saturday, finishing with 15 disposals, 10 marks and kicking 1.2.
But the 21-year-old felt the right decision had been made to prepare him for the new season in 2015.
"It's going to be lot better for me to get it done rather than try to play out the year and I could slowly but surely injure it more," he said.