St Kilda has ruled out Leigh Montagna and recruit Koby Stevens ahead of this Saturday's Round 1 clash against Melbourne.
Montagna suffered a calf strain just before the JLT Community Series and didn't feature once in the pre-season.
“Unfortunately Leigh Montagna has been battling a calf strain so ‘Joey’ unfortunately won’t quite get up,” Jamie Cox told the club website.
“He’s due to play some minutes, all going well, in our VFL practice match on Sunday. He’ll hopefully be available for Round 2, but he’ll miss this week sadly.”
Meanwhile, Stevens had a bout of food poisoning that will see him recovering this weekend.
“Koby Stevens missed our JLT match last week with food poisoning and lost a bit of weight,” he said.
“Koby also won’t be available this week but is recovering well and should also be back available for Round 2.”