Fremantle midfielder Nat Fyfe is to undergo surgery on his left shoulder.

The 20-year-old dislocated his shoulder today at training ahead of the club’s round six clash with Gold Coast on Saturday.

Fyfe was a late withdrawal from the game against St Kilda in round four but returned to play against Carlton last Friday night at Patersons Stadium following specialist medical advice.

Senior coach Ross Lyon has previously said that if Fyfe aggravated the injury again, the club would have no hesitation in sending him for surgery.

General manager of football operations Chris Bond said today that the operation would be carried out by the Melbourne specialist Fyfe consulted last month.

“We believe that the appropriate course of action for Nat’s long-term playing future and his general well being is to have the operation at this time,” Bond said.

“Based on the advice of our medical team, we envisage that Nat will require a recovery and rehabilitation period of about 12 weeks, which would make him available for selection in the latter part of the season.”

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