St Kilda’s young defender Ben Paton has suffered a badly broken leg in a clash during an intra-club practice match on Thursday.
An ambulance had to be called for Paton and the practice match abandoned after the incident.
St Kilda’s Ben Paton has broken his leg.Credit:Getty Images
St Kilda confirmed that Paton’s leg is badly broken with the club waiting for X-rays to confirm if it is a break of both lower leg bones, or one.
The injury occurred when Paton was brought down in a tackle by assistant coach Jarryd Roughead.
Clutching his lower leg, he was immediately treated by doctors and he was taken from the ground on a stretcher, before the ambulance was called to take him to hospital.
The injury comes just a day after the Saints’ first ruck Rowan Marshall was confirmed to have a stress reaction in his foot that will keep him off his legs for the next month and ensure he misses the early rounds of the AFL season.
Paton’s injury is the second broken leg at Moorabbin this year with captain Jarryn Geary having earlier sustained a leg break.
The Saints have endured a bad off-season for injuries with Geary’s broken leg, midfielder Zak Jones tearing a hamstring and youngster Ryan Byrnes needing surgery for a bad hamstring tendon tear.
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