The Brisbane Lions are bracing to spend some time away from home after being removed from their bus to Melbourne Airport on Sunday morning.

Queensland’s newest COVID-19 cluster has thrown a cloud over the next couple of weeks of the football season, with this Thursday night’s clash between the Lions and Collingwood in Brisbane in the gun.

The AFL may need to move that game to Victoria, after the Lions were told they would need to stay in Melbourne for the time being.

Brisbane were about to be driven to Melbourne Airport when they were told to get off the bus and head back to a hotel.

The club’s AFLW team had already flown out of Melbourne, having faced the Demons in their last regular-season clash on Saturday.

But league officials will be desperate for the Lions to secure a bye in next weekend’s first round of the AFLW finals and allow the COVID-19 situation to unfold.

Adelaide could still steal the bye with a win over Collingwood on Sunday, which would force the AFL to make a difficult decision on Brisbane’s first game of the finals.

The Lions’ AFL team has been in limbo since Thursday night, when their clash with the Cats in Geelong was played after Victoria upgraded its response to Queensland’s cases.

Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Zorko and his teammates will not be going home just yet.
Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Zorko and his teammates will not be going home just yet. Credit: Getty
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