GWS Giants midfielder Finn Callaghan on crutches after stepping on a nail at the beach

GWS Giants midfielder Finn Callaghan is recovering from a rare injury, just a week before he was set to make his return from a separate setback.

The 20-year-old smooth mover injured his shoulder at training last month and had been eyeing a return for the AFL’s Opening Round against Collingwood until his club ruled him out of the preliminary final rematch last earlier this week.

He was, however, expected to successfully return next week against North Melbourne, but has once again been thrown into doubt after stepping on a nail at the beach on Saturday afternoon, according to 7NEWS Melbourne’s Mitch Cleary.

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“GWS midfielder Finn Callaghan on crutches post-game in winning rooms,” Cleary said.

“Was set to play next week after pre-season shoulder injury… but stepped on a nail at the beach this afternoon.

“Not a major setback but will be assessed ahead of Saturday v North Melbourne.”

Finn Callaghan is in doubt again after stepping on a nail. Credit: Sarah Reed/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

It’s less than ideal for the Giants, who were already counting the cost of their upset win over the reigning premiers on Saturday night.

Tough midfielder Callan Ward is expected to miss two months with a shoulder injury of his own as GWS kicked their season off with a bang.

Ward damaged the AC joint in his right shoulder when he crashed to the turf under the weight of a Beau McCreery tackle during the second quarter at Engie Stadium on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old veteran will have scans on Sunday and Giants coach Adam Kingsley is bracing for bad news.

It comes with the GWS foundation player and former Western Bulldogs ball-winner Ward just four appearances away from reaching the 300-game milestone.

“He’ll be out of the game for a while. It’ll be a couple of months, I would think,” Kingsley said after his side’s 18.6 (114) to 11.16 (82) win over the Magpies.

“But we’ll wait and see which path we go, whether it’s surgery or whether it’s not.

“It’s a difficult situation for him, obviously disappointing to hurt your shoulder but with his 300th game approaching, he’s just going to have to wait a little longer unfortunately.”

Callan Ward may be out for two months for GWS after suffering a shoulder injury against Collingwood. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Kingsley said he would back his midfield depth to cover Ward’s absence, with Xavier O’Halloran first cab off the rank after his solid showing against Collingwood.

“We’ll work out those answers,” Kingsley said.

“Xavier O’Halloran, I thought, played a really strong game tonight through the midfield and on the wing, so in the short-term I expect him to be the replacement.

“We’ll head to match committee and work out that next one. He’ll be a loss for us but we’ll cover it however we can in his absence.”

Ward’s setback follows serious knee injuries to Brisbane Lions defender Keidean Coleman and Carlton veteran Sam Docherty, who both ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments during the opening round.

Melbourne defender Jake Bowey will miss about eight weeks with a broken collarbone.

With AAP

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