Hannebery to return through VFL but Bombers youngster out for the season

St Kilda veteran Dan Hannebery will make his long-awaited return this week through the VFL after a litany of soft tissue issues marred yet another season for the former Swans star.

“He’ll play VFL this week, which is great. He’s been very patient and it’s been a bit of a long road for him but he’ll play roughly 70 per cent game time down there,” Saints coach Brett Ratten said on Thursday.

Dan Hannebery will finally see game time again, first through the VFL.Credit:Getty Images

“He’s done a great job, it’ll be good to get him back.

“[He’ll play] at least a couple [in the VFL before being considered for the AFL].”

The Saints will regain fellow ex-Sydney midfielder Zak Jones for their clash with Brisbane on Saturday night.

“He’s ticked everything off from the kilometres in his legs and what he’s done from a footy sense,” Ratten said.

“Regardless if he plays VFL or AFL he’s got the same game time so he may as well play AFL.”

Max King was on restricted minutes at training but is set to take on the Lions, according to Ratten.

“Max just had a lighter week,” he said.

Young Bomber Zach Reid will miss the rest of the season with a back injury.Credit:Getty Images

“He’s had a fair workload. He’s still quite young in his career. He’ll play.”

Veteran defender James Frawley is also set to return from injury via the VFL in the
next week or two.

Elsewhere, first-round draft pick Zach Reid will miss the rest of the season for Essendon with a stress fracture in his back. The tall defender has played one AFL game so far.

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