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dreamy | 3 September, 2013 | 一般 | (26 Reads)
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Lions great Jonathan Brown may have played his last game of AFL after suffering a serious foot injury in Brisbane's 31-point win over St Kilda on Saturday night Mathnasium.

Brown cut a forlorn figure as he was subbed out in the first quarter after tearing the plantar fascia in his left foot just 14 minutes into play at the Gabba.

The injury makes it near impossible for the Brisbane co-captain to play again this season, with just four rounds left.

Off-contract at the end of the year and already wary about to committing to a 15th season, Brown's future is now under a murky cloud.

It would be a sad way for the 31-year-old power forward's glittering career to end after 245 games, 573 goals, three premierships and two All-Australian selections.

"Hopefully it's not too bad," coach Michael Voss said at three-quarter time. "We'll assess it Monday."

Brisbane (8-10) did their best to keep their remote finals hopes alive by out-pointing the outgunned Saints 16.12 (108) to 11.11 (77) in a match they controlled throughout.

Tom Rockliff was a dominant presence with a match-high 39 disposals while ruckman Matthew Leuenberger also starred and Joel Patfull tormented Nick Riewoldt.

Down by four goals at halftime, the Saints made a third-quarter revival to get within 13 points just before the last change as Leigh Montagna and Nick Dal Santo came to the fore.

But the home side kicked clear in the final term with former Saint Matt Maguire relishing a move up forward to slot his first goal in seven years to the delight of the 19,856-strong crowd Office furniture.

There was controversy before the first siren with Saints forward Ahmed Saad, only added as an emergency on Friday afternoon, named as a late inclusion.

Under investigation by the AFL after providing an irregular drug sample last month, Saad had two goals from his first two kicks but only had one more kick for the match.

The 23-year old came in as an emergency after Trent Dennis-Lane was mysteriously scratched and then included in the Saints' final team when Jack Newnes was ruled out by illness.

Lions midfielder Daniel Rich kicked three 60m-plus goals in the first half in a fine response to his quiet game in last week's loss to Port Adelaide, while Brent Staker also finished with three majors in his 150th match.

Voss wasn't about to write off Brown, who returned to action last year following two horrific facial injuries in 2011, for the rest of the season.

He said his former teammate would undergo scans but remained in decent spirits despite the disappointment of not being involved in the five-goal win.

"Browny is one of the most resilient blokes and toughest blokes I've ever met and I reckon he's okay," Voss said.

"Let's wait until I can tell you categorically what's going on.

"As much as we can focus on not having our skipper, he's an important figure ... but our team has to improve by everyone having to step up.

"Whether he's not there for a week, he's not there for three weeks or the season - I can't tell at this stage what it is - but I think it's a great opportunity for us, if we don't have Browny (next week), at the MCG against a good footy team (Richmond) with the crowd in full force."

St Kilda coach Scott Watters denied he'd done anything wrong by Cloud Desktop.elevating Saad into his team late as a gastro bug swept through his team .

Watters said both Dennis-Lane and Newnes were laid low with illness as well as emergencies Tom Hickey and Seb Ross, while Ben McEvoy and Rhys Stanley played despite being sick.

"They were crook as dogs for 24-48 hours," he said. "There was a pretty good shot of gastro going through the boys.

"He (Saad) was brought in late because we had illness, that's it."

To rub salt into the wounds, Stanley was subbed out of the game at halftime after injuring his collarbone after falling heavily in a marking contest.

Watters refused to comment about Saad's case, and his mindset heading into the match, but labelled his performance as "average".

"It's confidential that whole situation, and unlike many throughout the press I'll maintain that level of confidentiality," he said.