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Luckless … Greg Bird returned only to injure his ribs.

GOLD COAST'S ambitions of playing finals football took a massive blow with their defeat by Melbourne and a heavy injury toll that includes the loss of prop Luke Bailey for the season.

Bailey has a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon, sustained only eight minutes into the 24-16 loss at AAMI Park. Ashley Harrison also did not make it to half-time with a gluteus injury, and Greg Bird, just back from a hamstring problem, damaged rib cartilage. The three will undergo scans tomorrow.

''He's definitely [hurt his] Achilles, to the extent [I don't know],'' coach John Cartwright said of Bailey. ''He's got no power in it and it's not good. [I'm] shattered for him because you know him well and you know what's going through his head. The poor bloke doesn't deserve it, no one does, but especially him. He's going to be missed over the next three weeks, that's for sure.''

Cartwright said he was not devoting time to the mathematical equation of making the play-offs.

''It doesn't occupy our thoughts,'' he said. ''You can't let that worry you. There's too many other things to worry about without worrying about mathematics. If we play well and we win footy games, if six points gets us in, well, it gets us in.''

Storm coach Craig Bellamy was none too pleased with his team's opening 40 minutes and admitted he lost his cool at half-time after they trailed 10-0. He said if his side delivered such a standard of football in the finals, they would not last long. ''We're doing it right for 40 minutes and that's about it,'' he said. ''Why we can't do it for 60 or even 70 minutes, I don't know. You do that in three or four weeks' time and we're going to be finishing early.''

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