BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Archie Smith of the Lions celebrates kicking a goal with team mates during the 2016 AFL Round 21 match between the Brisbane Lions and the Carlton Blues at The Gabba on August 13, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/AFL Media)

Brisbane ruckman Archie Smith is recovering in hospital after an encounter with a stingray on New Year’s Eve.

The 21-year-old, who made his AFL debut in 2016, stepped on a stingray at Nobby Beach on the morning of December 31.

He was subsequently taken to hospital and had the barb was removed from his foot.

Smith received several stitches in his foot and published the following pictures on social media following the incident.

The recovery process is expected to take a couple of weeks.

Stingray – 1️⃣ Archie – 0️⃣ #GreenWhistle #BobMarley 🚑😵

A photo posted by Archie Smith (@archibaldsmith) on