St Kilda are hopeful key midfielder Zak Jones will be available for their round-one date with Greater Western Sydney after the speedster suffered his third hamstring injury in 12 months.
The club confirmed on Tuesday that Jones had started a rehabilitation program after straining his left hamstring last week. He is listed as three weeks away from returning, which would be in time for St Kilda’s season-opener against the Giants in Sydney on Sunday, March 21.
The soft tissue injury continues a frustrating trend for the former Sydney hard nut, who was twice sidelined with minor hamstring ailments last year during his first season since being traded from the Swans. Jones finished sixth in St Kilda’s best and fairest last year, playing 16 of a possible 18 games.
Meanwhile St Kilda youngster Ryan Byrnes is set for a delayed start to the season after suffering a serious hamstring tendon injury.