Brisbane Lions draftee Jack Payne will miss the remainder of the 2018 season due to a stress fracture on his tibia.
Payne has had ongoing complications with his shin since late March.
After several weeks of treatment and rehabilitation, further assessment has seen the Lions medical team recommend a long-term approach for Payne, with rest a key part of his immediate treatment.
General Manager of Football David Noble said the Club is disappointed that Payne will miss out entirely on the AFL and NEAFL season.
"Long-term injuries to any player are disappointing but it is more frustrating with Jack after he had such an exciting & encouraging pre-season,” Noble said.
In further injury news, Tom Bell injured his ankle in the NEAFL loss to Canberra Demons last Sunday and is expected to miss four weeks.
Sam Skinner, Toby Wooller, Connor Ballenden, Matt Eagles and Cedric Cox are all expected to return to action after this weekend's bye round.
What's On This Week
The Lions will enjoy a week of rest with the bye before facing off against the GWS Giants at the Gabba on Saturday, June 23.
Our NEAFL side will also enjoy the bye before returning as a curtain raiser at the Gabba on June 23.
AFLW Winter Series
The Lions AFLW team played their first Winter Series match against GWS South last Sunday, securing a 116-point victory on the road.
Next up is GWS North on Saturday, June 23rd at Graham Road, Aspley.
Sir Doug Nicholls guernsey
The 2018 Sir Doug Nicholls guernsey auction officially closes Wednesday, June 13.
There's still time to place a last-minute bid and secure a match worn and player issued guernsey from your favourite Lion.