GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09: Dion Prestia of the Suns kicks during the round 16 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium on July 9, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Knee injury sidelines Prestia for clash with Dogs

Gold Coast have suffered yet another injury blow ahead of their clash the Western Bulldogs this weekend, with midfielder Dion Prestia ruled out due to a knee injury.

Prestia has played 14 of a possible 15 games this season, averaging 26 disposals, 10.4 contested possessions, 6.2 score involvements, 5.4 tackles and 3.4 inside 50s.

It adds further strain to the Suns’ already depleted midfield, with Gary Ablett and Michael Rischitelli ruled out for the rest of the season earlier this week.

Mitch Hallahan and Jesse Lonergan are two of the three likely inclusions.

Lonergan played the first 12 games of the season this year before missing the last three, while Hallahan has managed just one senior match this season.