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.
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.