James Frawley will miss 8 to 10 weeks of football following a hamstring injury on Thursday night.
Scans have confirmed that the seasoned defender’s hamstring tendon was damaged in the first quarter of the Saints’ AAMI Community Series games against Carlton.
“This is hugely disappointing for James,” St Kilda Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean said.
“He’s been moving really well over the pre-season, building strength back into his legs after a few niggles late last year.
"Surgery isn't an option for his specific injury, so James will work closely with our medical and strength & conditioning teams throughout his rehab.
“We know he’ll still have a huge influence on our group off the field as he recovers, however we look forward to getting him back on the park later in the season.”
Frawley joined the Saints at the end of last year following 139 games at Melbourne and 100 games at Hawthorn respectively.