Shoulder surgery for Swan Callum Mills after post-season injury

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Sydney co-captain Callum Mills has undergone shoulder surgery after he was injured at a post-season event.

The Swans released a statement on Tuesday night confirming that Mills was recovering from successful surgery performed last week.

Callum Mills hurt his shoulder at a post-season event.Credit: Getty Images

Channel Seven reported earlier on Tuesday that Mills had hurt himself while wrestling a teammate during a Mad Monday post-season drinks event.

Sydney said the co-captain’s recovery timeline was still to be confirmed.

Charlie Gardiner, Sydney’s executive general manager of football, said the injury was upsetting.

“Losing players to injury in the off-season is always disappointing,” Gardiner said.

“Callum is our captain and an important member of the squad. We are extremely disappointed this injury has occurred.

“Callum is equally disappointed, as you can imagine, but he is recovering well and will get to work on his rehabilitation immediately.”

Mills is a veteran of 155 games for the Swans after making his debut in 2016 and playing in the club’s lost grand final to the Western Bulldogs.

Mills polled well in the 2021 (18 votes) and 2022 (21 votes) Brownlow Medal counts, but picked up only three votes in this year’s award on Monday night.

The midfielder also suffered an accidental off-field injury in 2018 after he tripped while walking back from a cafe and throwing a gridiron ball. Mills broke his foot and had to miss the rest of that season.

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