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Bris­bane breathe sigh of relief af­ter Cameron knee scare

- MARCO MONTEVERDE Sports · Rugby · Melbourne · North Melbourne Football Club · Richmond Football Club · AFL Football · Australian Football · Brisbane Lions · Western Bulldogs · North Melbourne · Millwall F.C. · Lions

FEARS that Char­lie Cameron may have faced an ex­tended spell on the side­lines have eased, with the Bris­bane Lions star cleared of struc­tural dam­age to his knee.

Cameron (pic­tured) was in­jured in the fi­nal quar­ter of the Lions’ 24-point win over the Western Bull­dogs at the Gabba on Satur­day.

He briefly re­turned to the field with his knee heav­ily strapped be­fore again be­ing forced off.

His knee re­mained swollen and he went for scans on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

“There doesn’t seem to be any struc­tural dam­age from his scans,” Lions high per­for­mance man­ager Damien Austin said.

“There’s a lit­tle bit of swelling there and he also rolled his an­kle in that in­ci­dent.

“We ex­pect we’ll get him trot­ting (on Tues­day) and run­ning around the pad­dock and then see how he is later in the week to train, but luck­ily we’ve got a longer turn­around in seven days.”

If Cameron (pic­tured) can train on Thurs­day in the Lions’ main ses­sion be­fore their clash on Satur­day against North Mel­bourne, the 26-year-old for­ward is a chance to take on the Kan­ga­roos.

The Lions re­ceived more good news on the in­jury front, with Cameron Rayner a chance to re­turn sooner than ex­pected from a ham­string in­jury.

Rayner was in dan­ger of miss­ing three to four matches, but is now an out­side chance of re­turn­ing this week­end.

“He’s track­ing re­ally well,” Austin said.

The for­mer No.1 draft didn’t play against the Bull­dogs af­ter hurt­ing his ham­string in Bris­bane’s loss to Rich­mond Tigers last Tues­day at the Gabba.

Austin said the Lions’ busy re­cent sched­ule of four games in 13 days had put a “strain” on n Bris­bane’s play­ers.

“We’ve got nig­gles and they’re a lit­tle bit sore, but we spend a lot of time em­pha­sis­ing g re­cov­ery,” he said.

The Lions will be with­out t Daniel Rich on Satur­day af­ter r the ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender was s sus­pended for one match for a dan­ger­ous tackle.

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