TOUGH St Kilda midfielder Koby Stevens faces an indefinite stint on the sidelines as he deals with delayed onset concussion.
Stevens suffered a head knock in the round one win over Brisbane, when he was one of his team’s best, restricting All Australian midfielder Dayne Zorko to just 14 possessions.
However, he didn’t report anything that would trigger fears of concussion and played the following week, before being dropped for round three and not playing football of any description that weekend as the senior side’s carryover emergency.
Leading up to the round four clash against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium, Stevens experienced concussion-related symptoms.
Subsequently, the 26-year-old did not play at any level over the past weekend.
Saints football manager Simon Letlean said the club would follow the standard assessment protocols before giving Stevens the all-clear to return to the field.
“As is normal practice, Koby won’t return to training until the symptoms have subsided and he’s given the all-clear from our doctors,” said Lethlean.
“While we can’t put a timeframe on that, he’ll continue to work closely with our conditioning and medical teams over the next few weeks and complete the necessary tests.”