Lions star sidelined for eight weeks

The Brisbane Lions’ AFL premiership hopes have suffered a major blow, with Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale to be sidelined for eight weeks with an ankle injury.

Neale will have surgery to repair a syndesmosis injury he suffered in Brisbane’s 18-point weekend win over Carlton at Marvel Stadium.

Neale’s effort to finish the match despite the injury has been described as inspirational by Lions football general manager Danny Daly.

Brisbane had already activated their injury substitute after Darcy Gardiner was injured early in the contest, leading to Neale’s decision to play through the pain.

Lachie Neale grabs at his injured ankle in Brisbane’s win over Carlton. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“What Lachie did on the weekend for our football club was huge,’’ Daly said.

“That was an important game. We had already been forced to make an injury substitution, and he stayed out there and battled on under duress and played a huge part in helping us get the win.

“This setback is unfortunate for Lachie, but he is the complete professional and we know that he will do everything in his power to get back as quickly as possible, and we are confident he will play more great footy for us this year.

“This presents an opening now for someone and we are excited to see who can make the most of the opportunity.’’

The Lions, who have also lost Cam Rayner (knee) for the entire season, host Port Adelaide at the Gabba on Saturday night.

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