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Neale ‘not 100 per cent’ but will play on



Brisbane’s Brownlow Medal winner Lachie Neale admits a nagging back injury is limiting him this AFL season but that it should “get better quickly” and is no excuse for the Lions’ slow start.

Neale has been a dominant force since his switch from Fremantle three seasons ago, helping the Lions to back-to-back second place regular season finishes.

But a 1-3 start in 2021 is symbolic of his dip in form this season and the midfielder admits managing the mystery injury has been frustrating.

He said earlier this month that scans on his back revealed “not a great result” but he would continue to play through the injury, with Brisbane at home on Saturday against Essendon.

“Percentage wise, I don’t know, it’s hard to put an exact percentage on it ……

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