Brisbane could be without Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale for at least a month with the club revealing his surgery.

The Brisbane Lions will have to manage without Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale for an indefinite period with the star midfielder set for ankle surgery.

Neale injured his ankle in the first quarter of Brisbane’s win over Carlton and managed to courageously play on, but appeared in obvious pain and avoided kicking at all costs.

The 27-year-old will go under the knife on Monday to repair the injury, with the club yet to set a timeline on when he will be able to make a return to the field.

The clash against Carlton proved to be an eventful one for Neale, after he was handed a $1500 fine by the AFL for making contact with umpire Matthew Nicholls during the match.

After having his ankle strapped, Neale tapped Nicholls on the arm after coming up from the bottom of a pack with blood streaming down his forehead.

Brisbane is set to face Port Adelaide, Fremantle, Gold Coast and Richmond over the next month and could potentially be without its midfield midfield ace for all four matches.

Announcement of Neale’s ankle surgery comes after both the player and Lions coach Chris Fagan admitted that he had been battling through a back injury to start the season.

The Lions currently sit eighth on the ladder with a 3-3 record after the 18-point win over Carlton in Round Six.

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