The Brisbane Lions can confirm Lachie Neale is set for surgery to repair a syndesmosis injury.
The Brownlow medalist suffered the injury in the Lions’ 18-point win over Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
He will undergo surgery on Monday and is expected to miss up to eight weeks with the injury.
The Lions had already activated the injury substitute after Darcy Gardiner was injured and Lions General Manager of Football Danny Daly said Neale’s efforts in playing out the game after suffering the injury had inspired the entire Club.
“What Lachie did on the weekend for our football club was huge,’’ he said.
“That was an important game, we had already been forced to make an injury substitution and he stayed out there and battled on under duress and played a huge part in helping us get the win.
“This setback is unfortunate for Lachie, but he is the complete professional and we know that he will do everything in his power to get back as quickly as possible and we are confident he will play more great footy for us this year.
This presents an opening now for someone and we are excited to see who can make the most of the opportunity.’’