Tim Membrey could not play once more till simply earlier than the AFL finals, with St Kilda shelving the ahead as he battles a difficult knee harm.
Forward of Friday night time’s AFL conflict with the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium, Saints coach Ross Lyon stated Membrey had been put right into a coaching block for the subsequent eight weeks.
The 29-year-old has solely managed 4 video games this season as a result of knee soreness, whereas he additionally suffered a heavy head knock in his most up-to-date AFL runout in opposition to Adelaide final month.
Membrey had minor knee surgical procedure earlier than the beginning of the season, not taking part in his first recreation of the 12 months till spherical six.
“He is received a little bit of a long-term knee administration, however nothing important,” Lyon stated on Wednesday.
“He simply hasn’t been comfy and assured.
“We most likely pushed his return somewhat bit so we have determined to present him a coaching block for eight weeks.
“Get the energy and get the run and get his confidence again up, as a pacesetter of the membership; get him feeling good. We have dedicated to that.”
Lyon stated Membrey might return earlier if he hit rehabilitation targets.
The fifth-placed Saints are coming off a 20-point loss to Richmond whereas Brisbane, who sit fourth on the ladder, snapped a two-game dropping streak final spherical in opposition to Sydney.
Lyon stated he felt “optimistic” after his aspect’s efficiency in opposition to the resurgent Tigers.
“We gave ourselves an opportunity to win … typically expertise simply will get you, like (Jayden) Brief’s kicking them from 60m and there was a few turnovers,” he stated.
“Disenchanted we did not get what we wished, which was 4 factors, however we actually realized and we grew.”
The Saints have not had consecutive wins – or losses – since their unbeaten run was damaged in spherical 5, however Lyon stated he wasn’t getting caught up by the sample
“I do not get caught on wins and losses … in case your earlier outcome counted for the subsequent we would not be dropping after a win.
“We perhaps stuffed up 20 minutes final week and it was very expensive so we’re seeking to play the complete 100 minutes.”
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