Joe Daniher faces the likelihood of four to six weeks out, but the Brisbane Lions believe they can cope in his absence.
The Brisbane Lions are confident they can overcome the loss of in-form striker Joe Daniher, who faces at least a month on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
|Daniher, who has been among the Lions’ best performers this season, suffered the injury in Brisbane’s impressive 24-point win over SCG Swans on Sunday.
The former Essendon star was pulled from the game and now faces an anxious wait to find out the severity of the injury.
Monday being a public holiday in Brisbane, Daniher will not be able to pass analysis on the injury until Tuesday.
However, Lions football boss Danny Daly says the team are preparing to be without the 28-year-old former All-Australian for at least a month.
“We’re hoping the injury isn’t too serious and he’s only out for four to six weeks, but we won’t know until he gets his CT scans on Tuesday,” Daly told News Corp Australia.
Daly also said TAB-Radio that Daniher had “subluxed” his shoulder, meaning the joint had been partially dislocated.
“They tied him up and he kept going, but he showed up for a scoring contest and it kinda popped up again,” Daly said.
“If it had been a grand finale or a final they would have nicked it and come back, so it was more cautious.”
Lions coach Chris Fagan said he should “take no chances” with Daniher.
“Hopefully it’s not too bad – we’ll have to wait and see,” Fagan said.
However, Fagan backs the in-form Lions, who have won six of seven this year to trail only unbeaten Melbourne to deal with Daniher’s absence.
“We had 10 goalkickers (against Sydney) – we regularly have 10 goalkickers,” he said/
“We don’t really rely on one person to score for us.”
Fagan used in-form Cam Rayner as an example of Brisbane’s versatility in attack and the Lions don’t need to rely on Daniher for goals.
“Cam Rayner, he was playing on the ball (against the Swans) and we told him at half time ‘Joey’s not going to come back, we need you to play like a great striker for us’…and he finished the night we three goals (and) two (behind).
“We are a versatile team. We don’t rely on anyone to score and I think that showed (Sunday night).
Also helping the Lions’ cause in Daniher’s absence is that their next four games are against teams currently in the bottom eight – West Coast, Adelaide, Hawthorn and the GWS Giants.
Originally published as Lions star Joe Daniher facing sideline with partial shoulder dislocation