St Kilda star Jack Steven (left) grimaces as he tries to shut down West Coast rival Luke Shuey during the Round 2 clash in Perth on Saturday.
St Kilda star Jack Steven (left) grimaces as he tries to shut down West Coast rival Luke Shuey during the Round 2 clash in Perth on Saturday. TONY MCDONOUGH

St Kilda star suffers punctured lung against Eagles

AFL: St Kilda star Jack Steven has been ruled out of next Sunday's clash with Brisbane after suffering a punctured lung against West Coast on Saturday night.

Steven did not travel home with his teammates overnight after remaining in a Perth hospital for observation.

He will remain in hospital for at least another night with St Kilda team doctor Tim Barbour to stay in the west with him until he can fly back to Melbourne.

"Jack sustained a punctured lung late in Saturday night's game and was taken to hospital for observation," Saints football manager Jamie Cox said.

"Due to the nature of the injury, Jack is unable to fly for the next day or two and will remain in Perth with club doctor Tim Barbour before flying back as soon as he is medically cleared."

It is believed Steven has had a procedure that will allow him to fly back to Melbourne rather than having to drive, which has been the case for a number of player similarly injured previously.

Steven sustained the injury in an innocuous collision late in the final term of his side's 19-point loss to the Eagles at Subiaco.

Remarkably the midfielder played through the pain and finished the game before medical staff sent him for scans at a Perth hospital.

The scans revealed the punctured lung and Steven remained in hospital overnight for observation.

The club will provide further update on his condition in coming days.

St Kilda, winless so far this season, take on the improved Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium next Sunday.

It was a brutal Saturday of football, with Adelaide's Josh Jenkins also in hospital after a heavy collision with Hawthorn debutant Teia Miles.

Jenkins was sent to the hospital for scans but was cleared of structural damage to his ribs and internal organs.

Hawthorn defender Grant Birchall was also sent for scans during the 24-point loss at the MCG for a suspected fractured jaw.

Birchall copped an errant forearm to the face from Crow Tom Lynch in the opening term but bravely played on before the decision was made to be sent for scans.

Lynch is likely to come under scrutiny from the match review panel for the hit, which occurred during a marking contest but Lynch made no contact with the ball.

News Corp Australia

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