ST Kilda key forward Tim Membrey has been ruled out of Sunday’s important encounter against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium.
Membrey was a late withdrawal from the team that suffered a 49-point loss to Adelaide at Etihad Stadium last Saturday night after a knock flared up right knee soreness he had been dealing with for some time.
“He had some soreness in his knee that just came on spontaneously. We think he’s just irritated a bit of cartilage. He’s much better at this stage this week (than last week), but we will not play him this week,” said Saints head physiotherapist Andrew Wallis.
“We are hoping that he runs later in the week and (is) available for selection next week.”
The 1-2 Saints host Greater Western Sydney in round five.
In some good news for the Saints, ruckman Billy Longer (groin) and hard nut Mav Weller (hamstring) both trained on Tuesday and could be available for selection against the Cats.
“Mav had a bit of a tight hamstring and so we took a precautionary approach last week and said that he wouldn’t play. Billy pulled up a bit sore after getting a knock in his pubic bone (against North Melbourne on Good Friday), so they are both hopefully available, but obviously they have to get through training this week,” Wallis said.
Meanwhile, luckless midfielder Nathan Freeman joined in with the main group on Tuesday as he recovers from right hamstring surgery5.
“He’s going really well. He actually joined in training today, so it’s his first session of joining in. Didn’t do it all, but just progressed through,” said Wallis.
Small forward Darren Minchington is close to resuming running after an operation on his left knee in March.
Courageous left-footer Daniel McKenzie will be out for an indefinite period after a nasty incident in the VFL last Saturday.
“We can’t give clarity on how many weeks, but he’ll miss a couple,” said Wallis.
Rookie Doultan Langlands is also sidelined indefinitely as he recovers from glandular fever.