Brisbane look set to be without Jarrod Berry for their preliminary final against the Cats after the midfielder was charged over an incident in their Friday night semi-final win over Melbourne.
Berry appeared to make contact with the face of Clayton Oliver as the pair engaged in an off-the-ball wrestle.
Take a look at the incident below.
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The Lions onballer was on Saturday charged with making unreasonable or unnecessary contact to the eye region and is facing a one-match suspension, even with an early guilty plea.
If Berry is to feature against Geelong, he and Brisbane will need to successfully challenge the matter at the AFL tribunal.
Given Berry’s importance to the team, his current good form and the contentious nature of the incident, the Lions will almost certainly contest the charge.
The 24-year-old was particularly influential as Brisbane came from behind to break their MCG hoodoo and qualify for the preliminary final.
Berry managed to put the clamps on Oliver in the second half while finishing the game with 22 possessions (nine contested), six marks, five clearances, two tackles and two inside 50s of his own.
If he is ruled out, Chris Fagan will take some solace in the likely returns of Joe Daniher, who missed the game due to the birth of his child, and Oscar McInerney, who sat out with concussion.
Brisbane will return to the MCG on Friday night to play the Cats for a place in the decider.
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