Brisbane Lions midfielder Claye Beams is set to miss one to two weeks of AFL action after suffering a freakish injury during a pool session.
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Beams broke the little toe on his left foot after kicking the side of a pool during a recovery session on Tuesday.
He isn’t the only injury worry for the Lions, with Jaden McGrath set to miss up to three months of football with a “stress reaction” in the navicular bone in his right foot.
McGrath has been one of Brisbane’s shining lights in what has been a poor season so far for Justin Leppitsch’s side.
Teammate Sam Mayes also complained of foot pains and has also been diagnosed with a stress reaction.
Brisbane say Mayes will miss a minimum of two weeks, but have not put a timeframe on his return.
Lions football manager Dean Warren said it was disappointing to lose the three players at what is a difficult time for the club.
“It’s disappointing for these three players to be spending time out with injury, especially at a time when we require all players available to field our best possible team so we can get our season back on track,” he said in a club statement.
“Jaden has been really impressive in his first year of AFL footy and we will be doing all we can to ensure he gets back fit and healthy from this long-term injury.”
Brisbane have suffered a poor start to 2015, losing its opening three matches of the season.
The Lions have a chance to get their season back on track when they face West Coast on Sunday.