Ebene News – UA – Paton to miss AFL season with broken leg

St Kilda have confirmed young defender Ben Paton suffered a double leg break when he was knocked down during a tackle from assistant coach Jarryd Roughead

The crash occurred during a mock training game on Thursday and is the latest in a string of injuries inflicted on the Saints

Ruckman Rowan Marshall (foot injury), Captain Jarryn Geary (broken leg) and young Ryan Byrnes, who underwent surgery to repair hamstring tendon damage, have been left out for at least the first laps of the season

Challenging midfielder Zak Jones (hamstring strain) is in a race against time to be fit for the first clash with GWS on March 21

The 22-year-old was treated on the ground in Moorabbin on Thursday and taken by ambulance to hospital

“He had such a strong year last year and has continued in this form throughout the preseason

“We know that Ben will quickly turn to rehabilitation and how to get back to the field as soon as possible, and he will have our full support to do so”

Meanwhile, St Kilda coach Brett Ratten revealed that boom rookie Brad Crouch faced his new teammates last month to remedy his off-season drug indiscretion

Crouch is suspended for the first two weeks of this season after being caught with an illicit substance in September

The 27-year-old was still an Adelaide player at the time and joined the Saints as a restricted free agent in November

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“He had a conversation with the group quite early on his return after Christmas,” Ratten told AFL Media

“Brad is responsible for this as well, which is quite important, and it immediately shows respect for the football club”

Ben Paton

Ebene News – UA – Paton to miss AFL season with broken leg

Source: https://www.espn.com/afl/story/_/id/30925987/ben-paton-miss-afl-season-broken-leg