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Aussie Rules: Steele worry for St Kilda

St Kilda have concerns over the fitness of Jack Steele after he picked up a shoulder injury in the 10-point win over Geelong on Saturday.

The Saints picked up their sixth win of the season and are now priced at 18/1 to win the AFL grand final, but the victory may have come at a cost.

Steele battles on

The influential Steele suffered the injury in the second quarter of the game but somehow returned after the half-time break to continue in the game.

That would suggest the issue is nothing serious but Steele will be sent for scans and St Kilda will be sweating on the results nontheless.

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Coach Brett Ratten praised the player for the way he patched himself up and got back out on the field.

"The thing with Steele at half-time, you're walking down thinking, 'gee, we could be in a bit of trouble here', but he's courageous," Ratten said. "I think a bit of 'Gears' (former captain Jarryn Geary) is rubbing off on him, because he just willed himself to get out there and compete and just make contests. It helped us with the rotations. I'm not sure where that AC (joint) will be next week, but we'll just work that out.

"We'll get some scans and things and see. He finds a way, Jack, he wills himself and it's a credit to him."

Higgins concern

Meanwhile Ratten also confirmed that Jack Higgins picked up a concussion in the game, his second this season, and will now sit out another week.

"He asked the doc, and the docs did the scan, and he failed that, so we took him out. He'll miss another game, and we'll look after him," he added.

"We didn't know, he got up, and then didn't feel right until the second. Maybe [the incident] was the (Tom) Stewart spoil, the big spoil, I think (Ben) Long might have kicked it in."

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