“While Trav will miss some early rounds of the season, we’ll have a better idea of his return date once he’s out of surgery.”
The former premiership Cat has played 83 AFL games for the Magpies, including 16 last year, but did not play in the club’s two finals, against Geelong and Greater Western Sydney.
Meanwhile, Gold Coast co-captain Jarrod Witts has had surgery on his left foot but the Suns believe he could be ready for next month’s Marsh Community pre-season series.
Witts was hurt while training during the Christmas break, but general manager of football operations Jon Haines said the reigning club best and fairest would continue to have a significant impact on the group.
“It was a really innocuous and unfortunate incident for Jarrod. He has led from the front throughout the pre-season so far, setting a great standard for the group around him and we have no doubt this incident won’t restrict the significant influence he has on the playing group,” he said.
“We know that he will attack his rehabilitation with the utmost professionalism, and we look forward to having him back in the lead up to round one.”
Witts has played 62 of a possible 66 matches since crossing from Collingwood in time for the 2017 season.
The Suns said key defender Rory Thompson, recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, will rejoin full training soon. Anthony Miles, Jarrod Harbrow, Sam Day and Nick Holman will resume full training in the next fortnight.