North Melbourne have been hit by the news star midfielder Tarryn Thomas will be on the sidelines for up to two months after suffering internal bruising at the weekend.
The Kangaroos are priced at 9/1 to make the AFL top eight but their chances of having a good season have suffered a setback with the news that Thomas will be sidelined.
Thomas suffered the injury while trying to smother a kick during the victory over the West Coast Eagles on Sunday.
Eagles star Luke Foley accidentally kicked Thomas in the ribs and the player had to spend Sunday and Monday night in hospital before being allowed home on Tuesday.
Scans showed internal bruising and at the very best Thomas will be out for a month, but it could be a two-month spell.
"He's got some internal bruising, but fortunately his ribs are fine and there's no fracture. The ongoing advice and assessment from specialists will be the guiding factor as Tarryn recovers," Kangaroos football boss Dan McPherson said.
"Tarryn's health is our priority. With that in mind, we will take a conservative approach to his recovery and continue to monitor him closely."
The first game Thomas will miss is this weekend’s clash against the Brisbane Lions when the Kanagroos will also be without
Davies-Uniacke has entered the AFL's 12-day concussion protocols after taking a whack from West Coast forward Willie Rioli.
However there is some better news as Ben McKay will return from concussion to face Brisbane.