Andrews refusing to rush Lions return
Brisbane Lions star Harris Andrews says he will not rush his recovery from a hamstring injury and will only return when he is fully fit.
That could mean missing out on playing finals, but Andrews is looking at the bigger picture and is not willing to risk the rest of his career by trying to return too early.
Andrews picked up the injury against Collingwood last Friday and has been told he could be out for up to six weeks.
He is already back doing some light jogging and stretching but will take it one day at a time to ensure he comes back 100 percent fit.
"It's important to not try and get too far ahead in the rehab program," Andrews told reporters on Thursday. "I'm not getting caught up in the "when he'll be back", I'm just focusing on the day by day of getting better.
"Hopefully I've got a long career ahead of me and risking one game probably isn't the right answer at this point. I'll be doing everything I can to get my body right (and) get my hamstring right. We'll worry about that when we get there."
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old has dismissed the notion that the Lions cannot win the flag without him, and says there is enough quality in the group to go all the way.
"It was a little bit frustrating hearing from the media, putting a line through us because I'm out," he said.
"I'm a product of our system. The pressure the midfield put on and the other defenders around me like Dizzy (Darcy Gardiner) and Ryan Lester, they make my job so easy and I'm really appreciative of that."
The Lions are priced at 17/4 to win the grand final.
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