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Surgery for Eagles star

Newtown & Chilwell captain Matt McMahon in action. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NEWTOWN & Chilwell captain Matt McMahon will undergo surgery similar to that of Geelong forward Esava Ratugolea on Monday in the hopes of alleviating a lingering Achilles issue.

The star midfielder missed the third-placed EaglesSaturday’s loss to St Mary’s at Elderslie Reserve after pulling up lame at training last Tuesday night.

However, McMahon remains hopeful of being right for this week’s clash with St Albans

“I’ve pulled or torn a muscle in behind my Achilles, and I need to go in get an operation where they cut the muscle and let it retract up into your leg,” McMahon told krockfootball.com.au

“From what I gather, once they do the operation, it’s just your pain threshold; you can’t do any more damage to anything.

“I’m optimistic about playing (this week) after the op.

“They normally cut it (the muscle) at the bottom of your leg and cut it at your knee and pull it out.

“They (doctors) were saying it was the same operation Ratugolea went in for a few months ago and he was right a couple of weeks after that.”

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McMahon, who last missed a game in 2016, says his Achilles had been pulling up sore in recent weeks.

“But there was just a moment of landing on it and feeling it sort of pop,” he said.

“I knew something was wrong straight away.”

The veteran of 2o5 GFL senior games says watching Saturday’s loss – the Eagles third in four weeks since the mid-season bye – was tough to watch.

“I was sitting with the bench and I lasted a quarter,” McMahon said.

“I’m a useless watcher. I probably did about 20 laps of the oval … it was very difficult to sit out and watch and not help out.”

McMahon believes a combination of reasons has contributed to Newtown & Chilwell’s recent form after it was unbeaten after the opening 11 rounds.

“At the start of the year, we were very difficult to score against,” he said.

“Recently, that’s changed. We’ve had a lot of big scores kicked against us, so defensively we’ve got to tighten up a fair bit.

“I think the attack side of our game is good enough when we have the ball in hand.

“And the other one is stability in the side. Every week we’ve got a fair few changes.

“This time of year it would be nice to get a settled side and have a good three weeks heading into the finals.”

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