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Relief for Lions as Neale cleared of serious shoulder injury

Brisbane are breathing a sigh of relief after Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale was cleared of serious injury after a nasty fall at training on Tuesday morning.

Neale left the Gabba oval early, clutching his right shoulder – the same shoulder he had hurt earlier in the year in a game against Geelong.

However, the Lions released a statement shortly after the incident saying Neale had not been badly hurt.

“Lachie fell on his shoulder and got a bit of a stinger. He’s completely fine and he’s going to be all right to play this weekend,” Brisbane’s high performance manager Damien Austin said.

The Lions have dropped two games in a row to slip from the top four and will face Gold Coast this week.

Brisbane meanwhile announced on Tuesday that small forward Lincoln McCarthy had signed a three-year contract extension with the club, tying him to the Lions until the end of 2024.

Lachie Neale leaves the field after hurting his shoulder earlier this season

Lachie Neale leaves the field after hurting his shoulder earlier this seasonCredit:Getty Images

South Australian McCarthy, 27, has played 58 of a possible 60 games for the Lions after joining the club at the end of 2018 following seven injury-riddled years at Geelong in which he managed just 29 AFL games.

McCarthy is a close friend of Neale, with the pair arriving at the club during the same trade period.

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