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Brisbane midfielder Jarryd Lyons expects a battered and bruised Lachie Neale to play for the Lions in Saturday's AFL clash against Adelaide.
Neale is battling a calf niggle which restricted him to light duties in training on Thursday but the Brownlow Medallist has been named to face the Crows at Adelaide Oval.
It's just the latest issue for Neale, who has battled several knocks thoughout the 2021 campaign.
The 28-year-old carried a back issue through the early rounds of the season before then missing five weeks after undergoing surgery on an ankle syndesmosis injury.
Neale also played out last week's win over Geelong in Brisbane despite a painful shoulder knock in the opening quarter.
"Poor old Lach, he's been in the wars a little bit but as far as I know ... he's named to play and at this stage he'll play unless something drastic changes," Lyons said.
"It's not ideal for Lach but he's a tough kid and he knows what's going on now.
"He's had a pretty good run over the last six years so it is a little bit different for him and a bit frustrating but we saw what he did on the weekend, even after hurting his shoulder, so he'll be fine."
Saturday's game will be Brisbane's first taste of fly-in, fly-out footy during the COVID era with the Lions forced to relocate to Melbourne earlier this week before south-east Queensland's snap lockdown.
Adelaide also spent time in Melbourne before returning to South Australia on Friday.
Lyons, who'll is playing his 150th AFL match, said he was confident the disrupted preparation won't affect the in-form Lions unduly.
"This group's pretty resilient in what we've had so far this year in terms of the stay we had in Melbourne and things like that," he said.
"It'll be a little bit different but I think we've sort of asked a few questions of other teams that have done it and got a few ideas off them.
"A far as I know it's pretty straightforward once we get there."
The Lions have recalled Grant Birchall and Jarrod Berry to replace James Madden (hand) and Jaxon Prior (omitted) while the Crows dumped three players, including forward Darcy Fogarty after his two-goal, three-disposal display in last week's loss to Carlton.
Luke Pedlar, Billy Frampton, and Nick Murray were brought in for the hosts.