Liam Stocker

Blues' prized pick ruled out for a month

However, there is good news on the injury front for the Blues, with former captain Marc Murphy and key defender Liam Jones nearing recovering from respective setbacks.

Stocker, 19, missed last Saturday's upset victory over Brisbane due to the foot injury, having previously played in five successive games after making his senior debut last month.

The rebounding defender, who the Blues traded up to secure in last year's NAB AFL Draft, was averaging 13.6 disposals per game and had impressed the club with his kicking ability.