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Billy Longer to miss a month due to concussion

St Kilda youngster Billy Longer will be unavailable for the next month due to ‘concussion related symptoms’.

The ruckman recently reported experiencing headaches after a bump at training, and also had some issues with his memory.

Longer initially took a knock to the head during a VFL match on May 7.

Football Performance manager Jamie Cox said the club will take no risks with the 23-year-old.

‘Billy reported some concussion related symptoms following a head knock in the VFL that have required further investigation,’ Cox told the Saints’ website.

‘Club doctors, in consultation with specialists, have recommended he spends the next four weeks on a modified program, out of playing and contact drills.

‘With any concussion related incidents, player welfare is paramount. We will take a conservative approach with Billy and he will be monitored closely over the next month.’

Longer has not added to his career tally of 43 games this season.