BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 10: Jarryd Lyons of the Lions controls the ball during the round 21 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns at The Gabba on August 10, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Brisbane star Jarryd Lyons has avoided any structural damage to his ribs after a crunching knock to his midriff against Melbourne on Thursday night.

Lyons was subbed out of the defeat after copping a knee to his ribs in the second quarter of the encounter, with the Lions' midfielder ruled out in the final quarter and needing scans on the ailment.

The club have since confirmed that results show no serious damage to Lyons' ribs, clearing him of any breaks or fractures.

With Brisbane having not listed a recovery timeframe for Lyons, it can be expected the 29-year-old will be fit to face the Western Bulldogs this weekend.

His availability will be a needed boost for Chris Fagan's side as the Lions look to return to winning ways against the in-form Dogs at the Gabba this Thursday.

Brisbane will also monitor defender Harris Andrews' shoulder ahead of the matchup, with the club's vice-captain needing medical attention on the niggle during the 64-point loss to Melbourne.

The Lions will welcome back skipper Dayne Zorko for Round 16 after opting not to risk the veteran utility last week due to a hamstring injury, while lively forward Zac Bailey will be in line for a return after entering the AFL's health and safety protocols last week.

Brisbane will host the Bulldogs at the Gabba at 7:20pm (AEST) on Thursday night.