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Michael Gosman  September 4, 2018 4:00 PM

End of season injury update High Performance Manager Damien Austin gives us all the injury news heading into the offseason.

Just like in 2017, the Brisbane Lions finished the 2018 season with one of the lowest injury rates in the AFL. 

The Lions' Head of High Performance Damien Austin was pleased with how his performance staff and players worked together to keep injuries to a minimum in 2018. 

"Our injury list overall has been pretty good for the last couple of years. The staff have worked really well and collaboratively with the coaches to devise a training program that is working," Austin said. 

"We know how quickly things can change but it's been a good year on the injury front."

After an excellent start to the year, Charlie Cameron was missed sorely by the Lions after sustaining a Lisfrance injury in Round 11 that saw him ruled out for the rest of the season. 

Cameron is progressing well in his rehab and is on track to take part in all of pre-season training. 

"He had surgery today to take out the ties in his foot. The next couple of weeks he will start running and that will progress rather quickly," Austin said. 

"We expect him to have a full pre-season. He's been extremely good around the Club and with his rehab program."

Key defender Darcy Gardiner is expected to be back into full training after Christmas, after undergoing shoulder surgery last month. 

"In the next four/five weeks we will get him moving again."

"He will progress along with the off-season program he just won't be in the full skills with contact until after Christmas." 

Defender Jack Frost sustained a concussion in the Lions NEAFL side's loss to Aspley on the weekend, which saw him leave the match early. Frost has made a full recovery and passed all necessary tests this week.

First-year defender Jack Payne missed the whole season with a shin injury, and Austin said he may be on a modified pre-season program. 

"Jack had a stress reaction in his shin that took a while to heal. We had to take a backward step...he is a young kid with a big body that we didn't want to rush."

"He will come back to full training in November, but we may modify his program since it's been a long period of time."

Alex Witherden's hamstring injury sustained in Round 22 has recovered well, while Matt Eagles is up and running after a full groin reconstruction. 

Austin confirmed all other players on the Lions' injury list will be right for the start of pre-season in November. 

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