INJURED: Tom Rockliff.
INJURED: Tom Rockliff.

Beams could make return for injured Rockliff

THE likely loss of midfielder Tom Rockliff could be offset by the possible return of Lions captain Dayne Beams as Brisbane prepare for an angry Adelaide at the Gabba this Saturday night.

Rockliff left the field in considerable pain late in the fourth quarter of the 38-point loss to Hawthorn in Launceston on Saturday after dislocating his left shoulder.

He had his left arm in a sling on the flight back to Brisbane and will undergo scans on Monday or Tuesday to assess the extent of the damage to the shoulder that was heavily strapped for the clash with the Hawks.

Lions general manager of football David Noble said it was a positive that the shoulder went straight back into the joint after Rockliff reeled out of a contest and clutched at his arm and was escorted from the field by Brisbane medical staff.

"It's unlikely he'll play against Adelaide but you never know with Tom,'' Noble said.

"We'll let it settle for 24 hours or so we get a clearer picture from the scans but it was a relatively normal dislocation.

"Some guys have played the next week with it because it settled down quickly and they can get their strength back around the shoulder so it will depend on those things with Rocky but we'll know more after the scans.''

Noble said Brisbane would not rush Beams back just to fill the void in experience left by the injuries to Rockliff, Mitch Robinson (foot) and Allen Christensen (collarbone).

The Crows will be a team on a mission this weekend after dropping their second-straight match on Saturday when they lost to Melbourne.

Adelaide won their first six matches of the season but back-to-back defeats at the hands of North Melbourne and the Demons will have them primed.

Brisbane have a habit of running into teams with a point to prove after facing surprise cellar dwellers Sydney and Hawthorn in the past fortnight. A six-day break between two consecutive road games did not help the last-placed Lions either.

Regardless of Rockliff's injury, Beams was tracking for a return against the Crows after missing the last two weeks with a quad injury.

"Beamsy did everything he needed to do last week in terms of his rehab so he's a good chance to play,'' Noble said.

"He'll need to tick some boxes this week like getting through our main training session. How he pulls up after that will be important but we are confident he will give himself every opportunity to play.''

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