CALLAN Ward could miss the rest of Greater Western Sydney's season after having finger surgery on Monday.
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The former Giants co-captain severely dislocated his finger in Sunday's loss to West Coast, with graphic photos showing the gruesome injury.
However the surgery revealed there was no tendon damage or fracture, and he will miss about a month of the season.
With the Giants' finals chances teetering, it could see the 30-year-old out of action until next season.
Greater Western Sydney's' head of medical Cullan Ball said the injury wasn't as severe as it could have been.
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"'Wardy' had a compound dislocation of his finger," Ball said on the club's website.
"There's no other structural damage in there, so no tendon damage and no fracture so that’s the best possible outcome for Cal.
"We think he’ll probably miss around a month."
Phil Davis will also be out for at least another two weeks after an injury in his right knee "flared up".
It is a different injury to the medial ligament strain the veteran defender suffered recently.
"He had a grade one medial in his left knee he sustained in the Essendon game and that’s pretty good now so he’s been fine with that," Ball said.
"But he has developed a little bit of soreness in his other knee. He’s had that for a couple of months and it’s just gotten a little bit worse over the last couple of weeks.
"We've been managing that at the moment and we'll see how he goes over the next couple of weeks."
In better news the Giants are expected to recall midfielder Matt de Boer to face Fremantle, his former side, this weekend after his time out with a hamstring injury.