St Kilda are awaiting further news on their latest injury casualty after losing Jimmy Webster to a suspected fractured jaw during Saturday night’s disappointing loss to Melbourne.
The Saints were already missing first-choice selections Dan Hannebery, James Frawley, Rowan Marshall and Jarryn Geary through injury, as well as Paddy Ryder (personal leave) and Brad Crouch (suspension).
It made life difficult as they suffered an 18-point defeat to the Demons at Marvel Stadium.
Webster was caught high by an opponent during the third quarter and had to be replaced by medical substitute Jack Bytel.
“He copped a knock in the head, suspected maybe crack in the jaw,” coach Brett Ratten said post-match.
“He had a concussion test as well and I’m not sure if he failed that or not, but the doc was worried about the crack, so we took him off.
“We don’t want to send him out there if it is cracked.”
The incident that resulted in Webster’s injury occurred just metres from St Kilda’s bench.
“He got hit in the head and it was play-on,” Ratten said.
“He went down, just came off the bench … it was an accident, wrong spot at the wrong time sort of thing.
“It wasn’t malice or anything.”
Ratten confirmed boom recruit Crouch will play his first match in St Kilda colours when they take on Essendon in round three.
The former Adelaide ball magnet has served a two-match suspension imposed last October for “conduct unbecoming” after he was caught by police with an illicit substance.
Ratten indicated veteran ruckman Ryder is a chance to return against the Bombers, but Hannebery (calf) is likely to miss at least another week.
“We’ll just have a look at where Paddy is with his scenario,” Ratten said.
“Hannebery is progressing but probably won’t play next week, so that’s sort of roughly where it sits.
“We’ll get Crouch back definitely and the others will be a question mark.”
Marshall (foot) is at least a fortnight off returning, while Frawley (hamstring) and Geary (broken leg) are long-term propositions.