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Luckless Saints key forward still off the track

Paddy McCartin on the run before his pre-Christmas injury mishap - AFL,St Kilda Saints,Paddy McCartin,Jack Steele
Paddy McCartin on the run before his pre-Christmas injury mishap

ST KILDA forward Paddy McCartin is continuing to rehab a foot injury and will return to the main group in the coming weeks.

McCartin, 21, suffered a right foot sprain in November and the Saints' then-football manager Jamie Cox had expected the first overall selection from 2014 to have recovered by now.

"He'll be off legs for a few weeks but given he will be back in full training at the start of January, we wouldn't expect his pre-season to be impacted too much," Cox said. 

Simon Lethlean has since been appointed the club's football boss, with Cox to move into a wider football role encompassing the men's, women's and VFL programs. 

Meanwhile, midfielder Jack Steele has shrugged off a minor ankle complaint and was in full training at Seaford on Wednesday.

Steele was spotted in an Instagram photo wearing a moon boot for his left ankle because of an incident that occurred in the club's final session before the Christmas break.

However, if a game had been played the week after he was hurt, the 22-year-old would have been available.

The former Giant was restricted the previous summer, his first since being traded to the Saints, by a fractured metatarsal in his left foot.

However, he has been almost completely unencumbered this pre-season.