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Luckless Cross can’t take a trick

Leopold defender Jye Cross has suffered another injury setback. (AAP Image/Al Packer)

LUCKLESS Leopold defender Jye Cross is facing another stint on the sidelines after injuring his quad on the eve of his planned return from a knee injury.

Cross made his comeback from a serious knee injury suffered in 2015 in the grand final re-match against St Mary’s in Round 1, but underwent surgery on an injury to his other knee following the loss to the Saints.

He was set to play against St Albans this afternoon, however Lions coach Steve Clark says Cross hurt his quad late in Thursday night’s training session.

“That’s what kept him out of the finals last year,” Clark said.

“It wasn’t the knee that kept him out when he was coming back, he kept doing his quad.

“He’s got to have scans early next week.

The Lions have made four changes for today’s clash with St Albans, with veteran duo Matt Miller (soreness) and Jeremy Larcombe (knee) missing from the side that defeated Geelong West before the bye.

VFL-listed Mitch Patten (abdominal) and Tim Ryan (unavailable) are also out.

Jack Berry returns from making his VFL debut, while Lucas Boyd has also been included, while teenage duo Darren Brunt and Riley Hayden will both debut.

Brunt has impressed in the Lions reserves since graduating from the Colts, while Hayden has played seven games at the Geelong Falcons.

“Riley will play as a small backman, which will be a good opportunity for him against some talented young fellas from St Albans,” Clark, who played with Hayden’s dad Paul at Queenscliff, said.

“Brunty will play through our forward line.”

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