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Scans confirm stint on the sidelines for Saints captain Steele


St Kilda midfielder Jack Steele is set for a stint on the sidelines after injuring his shoulder in Saturday’s win against Geelong.

Despite returning to the field after receiving medical treatment in the second quarter, scans on Sunday confirmed that the club captain requires surgery to his right AC joint.

St Kilda head of football David Rath praised Steele’s toughness after playing through considerable pain for the second half.

“Jack’s a really tough guy and playing on last night despite his injury is evidence of that,” Head of Football David Rath said.

“It’s really disappointing to have Jack out for an extended period of time, but it’s important for him to get the treatment he needs to set him up for the second half of the season.

“He’s a warrior and would continue to play if required, but we need to do what’s right for Jack long-term.

“Jack’s a pro on and off the field and will no doubt attack his rehab professionally, which will hopefully see him back playing as soon as possible.”

A typical timeframe for a return from a successful AC joint surgery is 6-8 weeks.


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