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More injuries for Saints

More injuries for Saints

ST KILDA’S rotten run with injury has continued with veteran midfielder Dan Hannebery and co-captain Jarryn Geary suffering setbacks.

After losing ace midfielder Jade Gresham to a season-ending Achilles injury last Saturday, the Saints on Thursday confirmed the extended lay-offs for the experienced duo.

Hannebery, who has played just 13 games since arriving from Sydney ahead of the 2019 season, strained his calf on Tuesday and will miss at least four weeks of training with the main group.

He has endured an injury-plagued run at Moorabbin after 208 games with the Swans.

Geary fractured his left leg in January but now needs surgery to clear scar tissue and will be sidelined for an additional six weeks.

It is the last thing the Saints need after they were left reeling from a disastrous 75-point capitulation to Essendon.

But they will receive a much-needed boost ahead of battling West Coast on Saturday, with ruckman Rowan Marshall to play his first game of the year.

Marshall has been sidelined with a foot injury since February, with fellow big man Paddy Ryder having been away from the club on personal leave.

St Kilda’s big man stocks have been thin in the pair’s absence, with journeyman Shaun McKernan and defender Jake Carlisle forced to compete in ruck contests during the embarrassing defeat to the Bombers.

Marshall is going to have to step up immediately with Eagles star Nic Naitanui playing just as well, if not better, than last season when he earned All- Australian honours for the second time.

(C) AAP 2021