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Aussie Rules: Lions missing McCluggage

The Brisbane Lions will be without Hugh McCluggage when they take on Greater Western Sydney as he battles to overcome a hamstring injury.

The Lions are priced at 7/50 to beat GWS on Saturday but will have to do it without their influential star who will sit out the week.

Hamstring awareness

The injury is nothing serious. ‘Hamstring awareness’ is a phrase that is popping up more and more these days and McCluggage was diagnosed with wit following last weekend’s clash against Hawthorn.

It basically means the player is feeling his hamstring and the Lions will keep him out as a precaution until he reached 100percent again.

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“He’ll miss this week, but he’ll be right to go next week,” team-mate Keidean Coleman said. “He’s a classy player, one of the best players in our team. The medical team know what they’re doing.”

There is better news though as forward Dan McStay has recovered from an ankle injury and will take his place in the side.

Keen to bounce back

Meanwhile the Lions will be looking to bounce back after conceding 117 points in the defeat to Hawthorn and Coleman says it is clear which area they need to improve in.

“It was just our lack of defence that hurt us in the end, and a few free kicks that hurt us. We’ve moved on now,” he added. “Our best games come off the back of our defence.

“This week is going to be focused on defence, and our attack and goals will take care of themselves.”

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