St Kilda ruckman Paddy Ryder has been ruled out of the rest of the AFL finals series with a serious hamstring tendon injury.
- Ryder was injured late in the Saints’ win over the Bulldogs in Saturday night’s elimination final
- He may need surgery to repair his injured hamstring
- The Saints face the Tigers in a semi-final on Friday night
Ryder sustained the injury in the dying stages of Saturday’s three-point elimination final win over the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba.
The Saints confirmed on Sunday that Ryder would miss the remainder of their finals campaign and might need surgery.
The club’s first finals win in a decade was also the first of Ryder’s 257-match career, but it ended with the 32-year-old veteran on the bench in tears.
It was a bittersweet result for Ryder, who moved to St Kilda ahead of the 2020 season as one of five new signings in a bumper trade period.
“It’s really disappointing for Paddy who has given everything to the club this season and played such an important role last night against the Dogs,” St Kilda chief operating officer Simon Lethlean said.
“Whether or not the injury requires surgery will be determined in the coming days after speaking with relevant experts.
“All teams face injuries to key players and we now have to find a way without Paddy.
The Saints were hit with another blow after Ben Long was issued with an engaging in rough conduct charge following an incident involving the Bulldogs’ Jack Macrae during Saturday night’s match.
Long was offered a one-match ban with an early plea.
He will miss Friday night’s semi-final against Richmond in Carrara if the Saints accept the sanction or are unsuccessful in challenging the charge at the AFL tribunal.
The Saints could also be without Jake Carlisle against Richmond as they await his decision on whether he will continue playing this season.
The key defender is considering leaving the club’s hub for family reasons, with his partner due to give birth in the near future.
Saints coach Brett Ratten said he would sit down to discuss the situation with Carlisle on Monday.