Lion faces another extended period on sidelines

YOUNG Brisbane Lions forward Jono Freeman will consult a specialist tomorrow about an ankle injury suffered while standing on someone's foot at training last week.

After already being sidelined throughout the start of the season with a glute problem, the 21-year-old Noosa product could be out for another two months.

Freeman had been close to a return in the NEAFL before this latest setback.

"Jono hurt himself at training so it's about eight weeks out," Lions coach Justin Leppitsch said.

"He might be back for about a month or six weeks toward the end of the year hopefully.

"It is a bit sad that with 'Closey' (fellow tall forward Michael Close) going down we can't get more hours into those boys, but they'll still mature - they'll be 21-year-olds next year so they'll be a bit stronger to compete.

"That's OK, you've got to ride the bumps."

Freeman played the last four games of last season.



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