After sifting through the pre-season news from all the official club websites and afl.com.au, I’ve come up with the following list of players that haven’t necessarily had the perfect pre-season. In all likelihood, most players will be ready to go in Rd1, but it’s still worth considering when finalising your line-ups…………
Brodie Smith – Ruptured his ACL in the Qualifying Final against the Giants. Has begun his rehab program. Wouldn’t expect to see him in 2018.
Tom Lynch – Was struck down with glandular fever over the off-season but is now in full training.
Taylor Walker – Injured foot tendon (plantar fascia), has moon boot for the next two weeks and struggling to be ready for Rd1.
Hugh Greenwood – Had minor foot surgery in November and has just returned to the main group this week.
Riley Knight – Minor ankle surgery now sees him in doubt for Rd1 against Essendon.
Brad Crouch – Been on a modified program again this pre-season due to his hamstrung history.
Dayne Beams – Has progressed well through his post-surgery rehab and is in full contact training.
Marco Paparone – Will miss the start of the season after recent back surgery to ‘relieve the pressure around scar tissue on sciatic nerve.’
Sam Docherty – Ruptured his ACL during training in November and will miss the entire 2018 season.
Matt Kennedy – On a special program after post-season shoulder surgery.
Sam Rowe – His recovery from a serious knee injury is on track and should make an appearance in the early Rounds.
Sam Petrevski-Seton – Did not take part in match simulation recently, concentrating on running drills instead. No official word from the club.
Harry McKay – Also didn’t take part in match simulation. Believed to be battling a toe injury.
Darcy Lang – Set to resume running in early February after badly stretching ligaments in his ankle. Still hopeful for a Rd1 appearance……..
Alex Fasolo – Had shoulder surgery in December and currently in the rehab group.
Jamie Elliot – Ankle surgery last November. Hopeful of joining into full training in Feb and possibly playing in last game of JLT Series.
Jordan De Goey – Hip flexor surgery ended his 2017 season prematurely. Copped a knock to the hip at training in December and has been on a modified program in January. Still a few weeks away from top fitness according to teammate, Tyson Goldsack.
Jeremy Howe – Calf injury, is in the rehab group on a modified program. Expected to play Rd1.
Darcy Moore – Achilles complaint, still in modified training but expected to be right for Rd1.
Daniel Wells – Given his injury history, Wells has been on a modified program all summer. Progressing well till now.
Michael Hurley – Hurt his wrist in the latest intra-club match. Appears to be no major damage and is on track for Rd1.
Jordan Ridley – Suffered an ankle injury just before Christmas and still in the rehab group.
Jackson Merrett – After breaking his leg in the Reserves last July, Merrett completed much of the pre-season training before Christmas. Training with the main group.
Aaron Francis – Has been given a leave of absence due to state of mental health.
Jake Stringer – Had his foot stomped on during match simulation and left the track early but ‘The Package’ insists everything is ok.
Travis Colyer – Inflamed sesamoid bone in his foot, has had surgery and will miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
Kobe Mutch – Undergone knee surgery in early Feb and is expected to be on the sidelines for 4-6 weeks.
Jayden Laverde – Sidelined for up to ten weeks after a hamstring strain / tendon injury from last weeks intra-club match.
Harley Bennell – Suffered another calf strain during his solitary training sessions. In a race to be fit for Rd1.
Sean Darcy – Recovering from a calf strain, didn’t play intra-club game last week. Expected to be there for Rd1 however.
Cory Gregson – After complications with stress fractures in 2017, Gregson is now training with the main group.
Lincoln McCarthy – Had extensive groin trouble in 2017 but should join the main group over the next few weeks.
Scott Selwood – Underwent arthriscopic surgery on his ankle last Monday (29/1) and will be sidelined for eight weeks. Likely to miss the start of the season.
Lachie Henderson – Consistent pain in his knee saw him undergo surgery for the 2nd time over pre-season (just before Christmas). In doubt for Rd1!
Pearce Hanley – back in full training after breaking his hand in the International Rules Series.
Harrison Wigg – Stiil in rehab group with an ankle injury.
Callum Ah Chee – Sidelined with a broken hand, but expected back in the main group soon.
Zac Williams – Ruptured his Achilles at training in January and will miss a large chunk of the 2018 season.
Toby Greene – Broke his toe in New York during the off-season. Was in a moon boot until mid-December. The Giants had hoped that he’d re-join the main group after Christmas but early Feb looks more realistic.
Rory Lobb – Still in the rehab group due to ongoing groin problems. With the retirement of Mumford, the club is taking no chances with Lobb.
Dylan Shiel – Had corrective shoulder surgery in the off-season. Is training with the main group at the moment but isn’t taking part in full-contact drills as yet.
Brett Deledio – Has his calf & Achilles issues and is looking to resume full training in the next month.
Ryan Griffen – Yet to overcome his chronic ankle injury and still on modified program. Like Deledio, hoping to join in full training during Fe b.
Cyril Rioli – Suffered a PCL injury early last year but is on track for Rd1, barring any setbacks.
Grant Birchall – Required arthriscopic surgery on his right knee just before Christmas. Expected to be back running around end of January, albeit in the rehab group.
James Frawley – Groin injury during the intra-club game on Friday night (9/2). No timeframe set as yet.
Jack Viney – On a modified program due to ongoing foot injury. Hoping to play JLT Series before a decision is made on Rd1.
Harrison Petty – Concussed during the Dees’ Maroochydore Camp. Extent not know as yet.
Jeff Garlett, Joel Smith, James Harmes, Aaron van den Berg, Sam Weidemann, Pat McKenna & Dion Johnstone – Did not take part in recent match simulation. Training in rehab group on modified programs. Extent of injuries not known as yet.
Dom Tyson – Calf strain will see him miss the first JLT game against North. Should still be fit for Rd1.
Ben Jacobs – Joined in match simulation recently after two years of interrupted football.
Mason Wood – Broke his thumb in latest intra-club match. Won’t require surgery and should be fit for Rd1.
Declan Mountford – Shoulder surgery on his AC joint will see Mountford with a delayed start to the season.
Jy Simpkin – Injured his ankle in an accidental collision with a motorbike. Expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
Brad Ebert & Tom Rockliff – Both players have completed their rehab after shoulder surgery and have joined into full training with the main group.
Robbie Gray – Successful surgery on testicular cancer during the off-season. May even play during the AFLX Series!
Matthew Broadbent – Ankle injury. Won’t play any pre-season games and likely to miss the start of the season.
Shannon Motlop & Chad Wingard – Coach Hinkley reports that both players tweaked their hamstrings and are in the rehab group. He expects them to be right for the JLT Series however.
Jared Polec – Taking a bit more time to recover from a hamstring injury, Polec is aiming for the last game of the JLT Series against Adelaide on March 10th.
Anthony Miles – Minor shoulder surgery at the end of 2017. Yet to join in the full-contact drills.
Daniel Rioli – Required surgery for a foot injury sustained in the Grand Final. Just started running this week. Touch and go for Rd1.
Shaun Hampson – Still on a modified program for a back injury that kept him out for the majority of 2017.
Ben Griffiths – Retired from AFL football to take up a Punting Scholarship in the USA.
Dion Prestia – Minor hamstring injury will see him miss the first JLT game. Hopeful of a return for JLT2.
David Armitage – After two months of prescribed rest during an injury-plagued year, Armitage has completed a full pre-season till now.
Jack Newnes – Had arthriscopic surgery on his knee in December. Hoping to play in JLT Series.
Nathan Freeman – Managed to strain his hamstring again and may require surgery. Think it’s safe to rule out a Rd1 debut.
Jack Billings– Hamstring injury. Working on a modified program until end of Feb.
Kurt Tippett – announced his retirement over the last week, effective immediately.
Lance Franklin – Off-season surgery on both knees has Buddy on a modified program for the pre-season. Might not be seen until Rd1 according to the club.
Isaac Heeney – Had minor knee surgery in December and has a modified running program. The club is hopeful he’ll play during the JLT Series.
Josh P Kennedy – Minor arthriscopic surgery during the off-season sees JPK also on a modified program although confidence is high that he plays Rd1.
Heath Grundy – Foot injury hampered him late last season and over the pre-season. Still in rehab group but will be ready for Rd1.
Dan Hannebery – Of the ‘injured’ Swans, Hanners is ‘furthest behind’ according to Tom Harley (Head Of Football). Hanners suffered a calf setback as his running load was increased. Will be monitored closely…….
Alex Johnson – Just can’t catch a break, can he? Groin injury has set him back about 3-4 weeks.
Nic Naitanui – Recovering from knee reconstruction at end of 2016. Hasn’t joined in any match simulation and may be saved for Rd1.
Elliot Yeo – Hip complaint. Slowly making his way back to full training. Training fully now, no signs of the ankle complaint from last week.
Eric Mackenzie – Recurring toe problem has his foot back in a moon boot. Will be rested for 2-3 weeks.
Luke Shuey – Still recovering from a minor hip injury, sat out a few sessions during the week. Expected to increase workload soon.
Andrew Gaff – Has been in the rehab group recovering from foot/ankle issues. Will step up his program shortly.
Josh J Kennedy – Wasn’t sighted during match simulation due to his recovery from an ankle injury. Still on track for Rd1.
Nathan Vardy – On light duties at training after colliding with Yeo. Club is cautious about his knee but still ok for Rd1.
Oscar Allen – Tibia stress fracture over the summer and has spent time in the rehab group. Still hoping to be fit for Rd1.
Marcus Adams – After season-ending foot injuries over the last two years, Adams is in full training ahead of the 2018 season.
** I’ve probably missed someone along the way. If you find anyone else, then please mention it in the comments with a link/source (accuracy is everything!) **
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