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The hits keep coming for Brisbane, with young Lions midfielder Rhys Mathieson booked for surgery after copping a Jeremy Cameron bump.

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There is no doubt that the tribunal will suspend GWS spearhead Cameron – the only question will be the length of the ban.

The case could be heard on Wednesday, with GWS considering whether they need an extra day to prepare.

Cameron was sent directly to the tribunal after the incident marred the Giants’ 39-point weekend win. He was given no option of an early plea, with yesterday’s match review panel grading the rough conduct charge as careless, with severe impact to the head.

Cameron is also in big trouble because his feet left the ground when he landed the bump.

The Lions are hopeful Mathieson will only be out of action for a couple of weeks, but they were already reeling from news that prized onballer Dayne Beams would be sidelined indefinitely with knee tendinitis.

He will miss at least the first month of the AFL season.

And star midfielder Dayne Zorko is also in doubt for their March 27 AFL season opener against West Coast after being charged for striking Giants skipper Phil Davis.

Brisbane needed all the help they could get as they looked to turn around a horror 2015 which registered just four wins.

The injury-ravaged Lions only missed out on the wooden spoon last year on percentage.

But Brisbane captain Tom Rockliff tried to find a positive yesterday.

“Anyone would love to have their best 22 out there round one, but that’s the cards we’re dealt,” he said.

“We’ve got a pretty fit squad bar a couple, we’ll have 40-plus to pick from for round one.

“It’s a pretty good place for the footy club to be in, especially after our injury troubles the last couple of years.”

Rockliff admitted Beams’ unavailability would hurt, but believed new recruits Ryan Bastinac of North Melbourne and ex-Carlton midfielder Tom Bell would help fill the void.

Rockliff (hamstring), Josh Green (foot) and Allen Christensen (finger) are tipped to play against the Eagles in WA despite missing the Lions’ entire pre-season campaign.

“I’m fine. I could have played [on Sunday] if it was round one,” Rockliff said.

“Greeny trained this morning and trained well, Bundy [Christensen] is the same. He hasn’t missed a beat… the midfield depth is quite strong. If we can get everyone out there we might surprise a few along the way.”

In better news for the club, young midfielder Jaden McGrath has been cleared of a shoulder fracture after being forced to leave Sunday’s loss early following a collision with the Giants’ Toby Greene.

Geelong young gun Nakia Cockatoo can take two games for his dangerous tackle that appeared to leave veteran Fremantle defender Michael Johnson with concussion.

Cockatoo’s rough conduct charge was rated as careless with high contact to the head, meaning he would risk a three-game ban at the tribunal.

Carlton veteran Dale Thomas and Zorko can accept one-game bans for striking.

Blake Hardwick was charged with striking North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein and the Hawthorn newcomer can accept a $1000 fine.

A high bump on St Kilda’s Nathan Wright will also cost Melbourne utility Cameron Pedersen a $1000, or potentially $1500 at the tribunal.

Richmond star Dustin Martin, Port Adelaide’s Jarman Impey and Carlton forward Andrew Walker are all set to be $1000 out of pocket for wrestling charges.

-AAP

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