St Kilda’s Dan Hannebery is expected to be sidelined for an extended period after re-injuring his hamstring at training on Friday.
Scans have confirmed damage to the hamstring tendon, with Hannebery set to return to Victoria this week to undergo surgery.
Defender Jimmy Webster also sustained a hamstring strain in the club’s scratch match against the Lions and will be sidelined for three to four weeks.
Head of Football David Rath said it was a disappointing outcome for the pair.
“We obviously feel for Dan who has put in so much work to get himself right and will now need to complete a lengthy program before returning to the field,” Rath said.
“Dan is a really important part of our group with his experience and leadership, and the way he can influence both at training and on game-day. It’s obviously a blow for him personally and for the team.”
“Thankfully Jimmy’s is a less severe hamstring injury. We anticipate he will be back in full training in three to four weeks.”
“He has endured a frustrating run trying to regain full fitness after a back injury, and is an important player for us when fully fit.”
The club hopes Hannebery will be able to rejoin the group in Queensland at a later date as he progresses through his rehab program.