At a glance:
- St Kilda is preparing to be without Tim Membrey and Seb Ross for Round 13 after the pair departed the Saints' travelling party.
- Membrey's wife is due to give birth to their first child in the coming days, while Ross' wife recently gave birth to twin boys.
- Meamwhile, Mid-Season Rookie draftee Cooper Sharman will join the Saints in Sydney this afternoon.
St Kilda is likely to be without leaders Tim Membrey and Seb Ross for Round 13 against Adelaide following the pair's departure from the club's travelling party.
The expecting dad and new father-of-three flew home to Melbourne two days ago after the Saints' narrow defeat to Sydney, with the rest of the extended squad remaining in the Harbour City.
Membrey's wife is due to give birth to their first child in the coming days, while Ross' wife recently gave birth to twin boys Vinny and Henley.
With the details of Round 13 – currently scheduled for Saturday night at Cairns' Cazalys Stadium – still to be formalised and an exemption from the Queensland Government be granted in order for the club to enter the state, it's unlikely that Membrey and Ross will be available.
"(Tim and Seb) headed home after the game on Saturday," Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean told SEN.
"They're not with us right now and I guess unlikely to join us for this game this week, wherever that might be. If it's in Sydney it's probably a bit easier, but if it's Cairns it's probably unlikely.
"They've both headed back for various reasons. Their intention is to be home this week and not be playing because they've got family matters to deal with and that's supported by us."
Meanwhile, Mid-Season Rookie draftee Cooper Sharman will arrive in Sydney this afternoon, with a change of plans seeing the 20-year-old join the squad ahead of schedule.
Max King will be assessed following a back spasm on Thursday and subsequent aggravation after half-time against the Swans, while the extent of Jarryn Geary (dislocated shoulder) and Mason Wood's (hamstring) injuries are yet to be determined.