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BRISBANE Lions midfielder Mitch Robinson has been ruled out for one to two weeks with a calf tear.

The 2015 joint best and fairest winner suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to West Coast and will be unavailable to play North Melbourne at the Gabba on Saturday. 

"Unfortunately Mitch has a small tear in his calf," Lions head of physiotherapy Shane Lemcke said. 

"He’s probably going to be missing for a week or two."

In better news for the Lions, midfielder Daniel Rich has been cleared of a fracture in his hand, while Dayne Beams might not be as far away from a comeback as previously feared. 

Lemcke said Rich had an x-ray on his hand after a smothering attempt against the Eagles, but was cleared of a break and would be fine to play the Kangaroos.

Beams, who coach Justin Leppitsch feared could miss half the season with knee tendinitis, began running at the weekend. 

Speaking on Melbourne radio station RSN927, captain Tom Rockliff hoped the star onballer would play his first game in the next month.

"He's closer than everyone thinks," Rockliff said of Beams.

"He's probably only three or four weeks away, which is good.

"It's a bit up in the air and I think a few of the guys went worse case scenario.

"It's just about how quickly he can pick up his fitness now.

"We're hoping to have him back earlier rather than later, so round four or five would be ideal."

Veteran defender Daniel Merrett will also return against the Kangaroos after missing the opening round with a gastro illness.