Brisbane Lions midfielder Claye Beams will be sidelined for eight weeks of the AFL premiership with a broken foot.
The Brisbane Lions will be without luckless midfielder Claye Beams for the opening two months of the AFL premiership due to a broken foot.
Beams, the younger brother of Collingwood on-baller Dayne, will undergo surgery on Monday night after scans detected a fracture in his left foot, sustained in Saturday’s practice match against Sydney Swans.
The 22-year-old is expected to miss about eight weeks, continuing his horror run with injury.
The Lions’ 27-point pre-season loss to the Swans was just Beams’ second game back from a knee reconstruction.
Brisbane football operations manager Dean Warren said the injury was a disappointing setback for both Beams and the club.
“Claye spent the majority of 2013 in rehab for a ruptured ACL so understandably he’s devastated by this setback,” Warren said.
“We are certain that the resilience and absolute professionalism that Claye has displayed throughout his previous rehabilitation, will get him through this tough period.”
Brisbane start their 2014 campaign against reigning premiers Hawthorn in Launceston on Saturday week.