Injury List – Rd4

Written by Schwarzwalder on April 10 2018

ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Kyle Cheney  Hamstring  2 weeks
 Brad Crouch  Osteitis pubis  5-6 weeks
 Matt Crouch  Hamstring  2 weeks
 Sam Gibson  Hamstring  2 weeks
 Alex Keath  Ankle  1-2 weeks
 Alex Keath  Ankle  1-2 weeks
 Andrew McPherson  Groin  5-6 weeks
 Brodie Smith  Knee  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

No new injury concerns for the Crows. Utility Andy Otten will play in the SANFL after overcoming an Achilles injury. Riley Knight (ankle), Curtly Hampton (adductor) and Myles Poholke (hip) all returned in the SANFL last weekend– Lee Gaskin

BRISBANE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Dayne Beams  Illness  Test
 Mitch Hinge  Hamstring  Test
 Marco Paparone  Sciatic nerve  Test
 Jack Payne  Shin  3-4 weeks
 Daniel Rich  Ankle  Test
 Sam Skinner  ACL  TBC
 Toby Wooller  Finger  10 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Beams should be back this week, and Paparone took part in the full session on Tuesday and looks close to a NEAFL return. Rich is listed as a test with his ankle ligament problem but walked away before the main part of Tuesday’s session– Michael Whiting 

CARLTON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Ciaran Byrne  Quad  3-4 weeks
 Sam Docherty*  Knee  Season
 Darcy Lang  Ankle  Test
 Matthew Lobbe  Quad  4 weeks
 Caleb Marchbank  Ankle  4 weeks
 Cillian McDaid  Foot  4-5 weeks
 Jarrod Pickett  Wrist  10 weeks
 Alex Silvagni  Hamstring  2-3 weeks
 Tom Williamson  Back  3-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Marchbank will miss a month after injuring his right ankle during the first quarter of last Friday night’s match against Collingwood. Lobbe suffered a setback during the Northern Blues’ opening round game last Saturday, straining a quad muscle that will sideline him for a month. The Blues hope ex-Cat Lang is fit for his first game of the season and he is likely to start in the VFL. – Howard Kotton

COLLINGWOOD

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tim Broomhead  Broken leg  Season
 Tyson Goldsack  Knee  Season
 Levi Greenwood  Knee and quad  Test
 Kayle Kirby  Heart issue  TBC
 Darcy Moore  Hamstring  2-3 weeks
 Josh Smith  Hamstring  Test
 Daniel Wells  Calf  Test
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

The Pies boast a significantly streamlined injury list following the return of a handful of players at AFL and VFL levels on the weekend. Experienced midfielders Wells and Greenwood are nearing returns after long absences from AFL level, while Smith could also be passed fit. Moore’s hamstring injury will keep him sidelined for at least another fortnight, and the club continues to monitor Kirby’s heart issue. – Ben Collins

ESSENDON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Patrick Ambrose  Wrist  2-3 weeks
 Travis Colyer  Foot  3-4 weeks
 Orazio Fantasia  Knee  Test
 Aaron Francis  Mental health  TBC
 Martin Gleeson  Ankle  10-12 weeks
 Ben McNiece  Hamstring  Test
 David Myers  Calf  Test
Updated: Tuesday, April 3

Early prognosis

The Bombers’ injury list is shrinking, with youngsters Jayden Laverde and Kobe Mutch returning to action last week, but most interest remains in Fantasia, who could be back against the Bulldogs on Sunday. The important small forward participated in a big session over the weekend after his minor knee surgery before round one, and will be tested later this week. McNeice and Myers are in a similar boat with their concerns. Adam Saad had a knock to his ankle last week but has been cleared to play. – Callum Twomey

FREMANTLE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Michael Apeness  Ankle  Test
 Harley Bennell  Calf  TBA
 Sean Darcy  Knee  TBA
 Hugh Dixon  Ankle  TBA
 Stefan Giro  Knee  Test
 Brady Grey  Hamstring  3-4 weeks
 Bradley Hill  Knee  1 week
 Griffin Logue  Foot  TBA
 Lee Spurr  Knee  TBA
 Cam Sutcliffe  Concussion  Test
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

The Dockers are set to be without Darcy for an extended period after he damaged his PCL playing for Peel. He was on crutches at training on Tuesday. Michael Apeness missed about eight weeks last year when he tore the ligament. Bradley Hill is a weekly proposition after narrowly avoiding an ACL rupture in round two and will miss the clash with the Giants. Lee Spurr will miss at least a month after progressing slowly from his medial strain. – Travis King

GEELONG

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Mitch Duncan  Hamstring  Test
 Jack Henry  Concussion  Test
 Lachie Henderson  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Timm House  Ankle  Test
 Lincoln McCarthy  Quad  1 week
 Quinton Narkle*  Knee  TBC
 Esava Ratugolea  Hip  Test
 Sam Simpson  Knee  Test
 Harry Taylor  Foot  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, April 3

Early prognosis

Late withdrawal Duncan will be a watch after pulling out the day before the loss to Hawthorn, while Ratugolea was taken out 20 minutes before the bounce with a hip flexor complaint. Coach Chris Scott said on Saturday the Cats were still weighing up the next step for Taylor’s rehabilitation from plantar fascia, surgery the least preferred option. Fellow defender Henderson has “turned the corner” after a number of hurdles since knee surgery in December. Debutant Henry didn’t take any further part on Monday after half-time with concussion, a six-day break and a trip to Perth will be a test. With key defenders at a premium, swingman House’s ankle that saw him go to the bench twice in the VFL will cause some concern. – Mitch Cleary

GOLD COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Callum Ah Chee  Hamstring  1-2 weeks
 Pearce Hanley  Shoulder  TBC
 Sean Lemmens  Broken hand  4-5 weeks
 Peter Wright  Calf  Test
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Hanley will need surgery at some stage, but the Suns are yet to decide whether that is now or later. Wright’s “week or two” calf injury is now six weeks and counting with no sign of a NEAFL appearance. – Michael Whiting

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Matt Buntine  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Brent Daniels  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Toby Greene  Hamstring  Test
 Adam Kennedy  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Zac Langdon  Hand  2-3 weeks
 Rory Lobb  Knee  Test
 Tom Scully  Ankle  9-11 weeks
 Will Setterfield  Knee  Season
 Zac Williams  Achilles  Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Greene should be available to face the Dockers if he can get through a full session on Wednesday. The star forward ran well last week but was too much of a risk to play against Sydney. Scans have cleared Lobb of serious injury but he’ll be tested before being considered a chance to face Freo. – Adam Curley

HAWTHORN

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Grant Birchall  PCL  9 weeks
 Shaun Burgoyne  Hamstring  2 weeks
 Jonathan Ceglar  Back  1-2 weeks
 Ryan Schoenmakers  Achilles  Test
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

It seems that Schoenmakers has been troubled by an Achilles for some time and how he manages it determines whether he plays. He trained on Tuesday but will be tested later in the week to determine his availability to take on the Demons. Burgoyne is recovering well from his hamstring strain, while Ceglar is finally getting some continuity on the track and could be only a week away from playing his first game of footy in 20 months. – Ashley Browne

MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tom McDonald  Toe  4-5 weeks
 Pat McKenna  Hamstring  Indefinite
 Aaron vandenBerg  Ankle  Indefinite
 Jack Viney  Foot  4-5 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

There were no new injuries to report out of the AFL or VFL at the weekend. Star pair Jack Viney and Tom McDonald are on a similar program, with McDonald slightly ahead of Viney in his rehab at this point. They will progress to 80-90 per cent intensity with their run throughs this week and start joining in light football work. Youngster Pat McKenna has had a setback with his hamstring and remains out indefinitely, alongside Aaron vandenBerg (ankle). – Ben Guthrie

NORTH MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Taylor Garner  Groin  TBC
 Kyron Hayden  Shoulder  TBC
 Oscar Junker  Concussion  Test
 Robbie Tarrant  Hamstring  Test
 Declan Watson  Knee  Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Tarrant should make the trip to Hobart to face Carlton after being a late withdrawal last week. The Roos’ medical staff say it was a precautionary move to keep him out, but he’ll still have to pass a fitness test to come back. The injury list is shrinking, but there is no longer an estimated return date for Garner or Hayden. Garner was only one or two weeks away last week, while Hayden was two or three off. – Marc McGowan

PORT ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Matthew Broadbent  Ankle  TBC
 Willem Drew  Foot  TBC
 Cameron Hewett  Shin  TBC
 Dan Houston  Concussion  Test
 Jasper Pittard  Hamstring  Test
 Paddy Ryder  Achilles tendon  3-4 weeks
 Jimmy Toumpas  Shoulder  Test
 Ollie Wines  Ankle  Test
Updated: Monday, April 9

Early prognosis

Wines is expected to be right for Sunday’s clash with Essendon at Etihad Stadium. The Power vice-captain rolled his ankle shortly before half-time of last Saturday’s win over Brisbane, but returned to finish the game. Houston will also be assessed this week after copping a knock to the head late in the game. Pittard would likely return through the SANFL if he’s cleared to play. – Lee Gaskin

RICHMOND

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nathan Broad  Club suspension  Available
 Josh Caddy  Suspension  Available
 Ben Griffiths  Retired
 Dion Prestia  Glute  Test
 Daniel Rioli  Foot  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, April 10
Prestia will again have to prove his fitness at training this week with the club cautiously optimistic he’ll be right to play, despite missing the win over Hawthorn with a sore glute. The glute is a new issue, separate to the hamstring complaint that derailed his pre-season, but it hasn’t been classified as an actual “injury” and is considered to be a form of ‘accumulated’ soreness. He looks to be a 50-50 proposition to play his first game for the season. Broad (after serving his three-match club suspension) and Caddy (a one-match ban for striking Adelaide’s David Mackay) are available. Caddy will play, but it’s hard to see who Broad knocks out. – Jennifer Phelan

ST KILDA

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nathan Freeman  Hamstring  4-5 weeks
 Billy Longer  Groin  Test
 Daniel McKenzie  Concussion  1 week
 Tim Membrey  Knee  Test
 Darren Minchington  Knee  6-8 weeks
 Mav Weller  Hamstring  Test
Updated: Monday, April 9

Early prognosis

A few Saints will need to train well. Membrey would be a certain inclusion if declared fit while Longer and Weller would be less likely. McKenzie is almost a certainty to miss after a nasty knock in the VFL and Freeman is progressing well from hamstring surgery. He is training with footballs and will hopefully join the main group within the next fortnight. – Dinny Navaratnam

SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Jordan Dawson  Quad  Test
 Jordan Foote  Toe  TBC
 Alex Johnson  Groin  Test
 Zak Jones  Calf  Test
 Lewis Melican  Hamstring  2-3 weeks
 Sam Naismith  Knee  Season
 Toby Pink  Ankle  4-6 weeks
 Sam Reid  Hamstring  8 weeks
 Kurt Tippett  Retired
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

 Early prognosis

Jones did some running at training on Tuesday but wasn’t at full pace, so his availability could come down to whether or not he can train fully at Thursday’s closed session– Adam Curley

WEST COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Brendon Ah Chee  Ankle  2 weeks
 Oscar Allen  Shin  2 weeks
 Hamish Brayshaw  Knee  2 weeks
 Liam Duggan  Hamstring  Test
 Josh Kennedy  Ankle/knee  Test
 Eric Mackenzie  Toe  Indefinite
 Liam Ryan  Ankle  TBA
 Nathan Vardy  Adductor  2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Kennedy is closing in on his highly-anticipated return. He is medically fine to play, now it is up to the club to decide if he needs another week of training under his belt before coming back from ankle and knee surgery. Liam Duggan strode out at top pace on Tuesday and looks fine to return, but the Eagles have lost exciting forward Liam Ryan for an extended period after he heard a crack in his ankle while soccering the go-ahead goal against Geelong. Vardy trained strongly on Tuesday and might have played WAFL this week if East Perth didn’t have the bye. – Travis King

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Marcus Adams  Ankle  9-10 weeks
 Kieran Collins  Ankle  3-4 weeks
 Hayden Crozier  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Tom Liberatore  Knee  Season
 Dale Morris  Knee  9-10 weeks
 Liam Picken  Concussion  Indefinite
 Jack Redpath  Suspended  Available
 Jordan Roughead  Concussion  Test
 Clay Smith  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Jackson Trengove  Shoulder blade  2-3 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 3

Early prognosis

Redpath will finally be available after serving a suspension he received in round 21 last year but is one VFL practice hit-out enough match conditioning for a return to the senior side? Trengove will miss up to a month with a cracked shoulder blade sustained in the loss to West Coast. Roughead’s availability will monitored throughout the week after his heavy knock against West Coast.  – Ryan Davidson

*Placed on the club’s long-term injury list

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17 thoughts on “Injury List – Rd4”

  1. What are people doing with Ryan keep him as a loophole and hope he is not far out or swap for jack Henry wait till Higgins plays another thoughts?

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    1. Holding if 4-6. Unfortunately sounding like it might be more so be probably hold this week and then Ryan > Higgins next week.

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    2. I’ll be holding. He’s got a massive negative breakeven, so he’ll be handy to downgrade upgrade closer to the byes, which is when you want to offload basically all your rookies that are worth anything.
      He can warm the bench at F8 til he gets back.

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      1. Terrible news for Liam Ryan, 10-12 weeks out with his nasty ankle injury. Josh Kennedy (ankle/knee) a test for the Suns, along with Liam Duggan (hamstring). – Travis King

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  2. Marchbank thoughts?

    Initially thought he was ok with just a little knock, but looks like 4 weeks now.
    Looked very solid in first 2 games.
    Top 20 defender when he gets back in maybe? I think it’s probably worth sitting him on the bench, but keen for some advice.

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    1. Trade him out. Maybe look to get him back in if he performs when he comes back, you will have rookies to move on by then.

      It would be ideal if you can trade him back in after Calton’s bye.

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    1. You’ve enjoyed the ride jump off. Shame it happened only 3 weeks in but I assume you always planned to move him onto Danger or someone? Geelong have been very quiet on it but looks like 2-4 weeks.

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  3. Running defender Hayden Crozier now expected to miss up to another month with a knee injury he picked up in the round one loss to Greater Western Sydney.

    The former Docker was only estimated to miss 2-3 weeks with the medial ligament strain, but he is now unlikely to be available until round seven or eight.
    Source – AFL.com.au

    Richards looks like a suitable rookie with decent JS as Crozier is out for a few more weeks

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