Brisbane breathe sigh of relief after Cameron knee scare
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.