GOLD Coast star David Swallow has suffered another setback on the comeback trail, with the club reporting the midfielder had sustained a "suspected hamstring strain" in the NEAFL on Saturday.
Swallow, 23, hasn't played at AFL level since round 15 last year as he has battled a series of injuries, the main problem being his chronic left knee issue.
The 2014 club champion made a low-key return to the NEAFL last week at half-back and had been targeting the Suns' final-round clash with Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium, but that now seems out of the question.
Everything was going to plan early when Swallow gathered eight possessions in the first quarter of the hard-fought clash with Aspley at Graham Road on Saturday, which the Suns won by four points.
However, he left the field soon after and failed to return.
Suns coach Rodney Eade told 3AW he was not overly concerned about the West Australian's injury.
"At worst, if he was going to play again, (he might miss) maybe a week or two. It's nothing too severe … but they just erred on the side of caution, especially with him not playing many games," Eade said.
The younger brother of North Melbourne skipper Andrew Swallow remains anchored on 79 AFL games after being the prized No.1 pick in the 2010 NAB AFL Draft.