Saints given bad news on the eve of the start of the 2014 season.
The St Kilda Saints got the worst possible news with scans confirming a broken bone in the foot of 2013 best-and-fairest winner Jack Steven’s foot today.
The injury means Steven is set to miss up to 10 weeks, six of which will be after the AFL season starts, in what is a massive blow for the club’s chances early in the year.
The Saints today said the hard-running Steven would miss between 8-10 weeks.
St Kilda plays Melbourne in its season-opening clash at Etihad Stadium on March 22.
While Steven won’t require surgery to repair the damage, he’s unlikely to begin training for at least a month.
“Jack has been training strongly throughout the pre-season but pulled-up sore after training today,” St Kilda head of football Chris Pelchen told his club’s website.
“Scans conducted late this afternoon revealed a fracture in his right foot which is obviously disappointing for both Jack and the club on the eve of the 2014 season.
“It’s important to note that the fracture is not stress related and followed an innocuous incident during training.”