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Setback for Freeman

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Nathan Freeman of the Saints in action during the St Kilda Saints open training session at Linen House Centre on December 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Nathan Freeman of the Saints in action during the St Kilda Saints open training session at Linen House Centre on December 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Friday’s injury, while relatively minor, suggests there could be an underlying issue with scar tissue that is preventing him from reaching his full capacity.
Simon Lethlean

Midfielder Nathan Freeman has encountered a setback as he chases a long awaited AFL debut.

The 23-year-old reported hamstring soreness during a session last Friday, and is expected to miss a short period of training.

General Manager of Football Simon Lethlean said that while the injury appeared relatively minor, the club was exploring all options, including minor surgery to clean up scar tissue.

“Nathan has done a huge amount of work with our medicos and conditioning team over the summer to reach the level needed to play AFL football.”

“Friday’s injury, while relatively minor, suggests there could be an underlying issue with scar tissue that is preventing him from reaching his full capacity.

“Nathan will consult a specialist this week, but regardless of whether surgery is the preferred option, the recovery period is expected to be the same as a conventional rehab program.

“It’s hoped he will only miss a few weeks of work on the track, where after he can then find a level of continuity with training and playing games that creates a platform to push for AFL selection.”

In November, Freeman self funded a return to Germany to see renowned expert Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt for the second time.

“Nathan is clearly a resilient young man, and has done everything possible to get his body right,” Lethlean said.

“Despite this setback, he remains focused on doing all he can to reach full fitness and as a club, and playing group, we’re right behind him.”