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Reigning Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale struggling with back injury


Kybybolite’s own, Brisbane gun midfielder Lachie Neale is not fully fit but refuses to “go into detail” about his injury.

The struggling midfielder's Lions team is suffering a slow start to the season, with Neale well-down on ball-gathering numbers.


Neale is averaging just 22 disposals, with Brisbane recording one win and three losses after the first four rounds.


Neale voiced his frustration at not being able to partake in training during the week:

“That’s the most frustrating part, but I’m able to play, that’s also an important thing.”

The Lions' lynchpin admits a nagging back injury is limiting him this AFL season but that it should "get better quickly" and is no excuse for the Lions' slow start.


He said earlier this month that scans on his back revealed "not a great result" but he would continue to play through the injury.


Neale said on Tuesday when asked to assess his health:

"Percentage wise, I don't know, it's hard to put an exact percentage on it ... not 100 per cent but good enough to play.
"I've put my hand up to play the last few weeks and been able to get through the games.
"Once you do that, you're deemed fit. I'm sure there’s a lot of guys carrying injuries around the comp."

Neale and the Brisbane Lions will aim to get their season back on track when they face off against a competitive Essendon outfit on Saturday night.

It will also be Lions key forward Joe Daniher’s first match against his former side, after moving from the Bombers to Brisbane in the recent trade period.


-- with AAP