Mitch Robinson of the Lions.
Mitch Robinson of the Lions. TRACEY NEARMY

Lions lose key midfielder to broken foot

AFL: The Brisbane Lions have been dealt a major blow with experienced midfielder Mitch Robinson to miss at least 10 weeks of football with a fractured foot.

Robinson has been told he will need to wear a moonboot and stay off his feet for the next month.

The 27-year-old was set to play his 150th AFL game against Hawthorn in his home state of Tasmania on Sunday but will now join captain Dayne Beams - who will also miss the Hawks game - on the sidelines.

Brisbane Lions general manager of football David Noble said: "It's frustrating for Mitch, who has had a strong start to the year.

"Mitch is someone who leads by example and shows complete commitment week in and week out - we know that he will show the same commitment to his rehab.

"While he is recovering, Mitch will remain very much involved at the club, mentoring some of our younger players as well as having involvement in the NEAFL program."

The Lions have also lost Daniel McStay, who will undergo surgery to repair a fractured hand following Sunday's loss to the Swans.

McStay will have a plate inserted and is expected to miss the next two to three weeks.