Pre-Season Setbacks 2018

Written by Schwarzwalder on February 17 2018

After sifting through the pre-season news from all the official club websites and, 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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31 thoughts on “Pre-Season Setbacks 2018”

  1. Elliot Yeo and Nathan Vardy colided at training this week. Yeo was seen icing an ankle and Vardy looked like he hurt his knee. No word from the club yet and no replys to my questions on Twitter;) both look minor.


  2. News about the Eagles:

    “Scott (Lycett) has done virtually every session so far this pre-season,” van Berlo said.
    Naitanui completed running on his own during yesterday’s session at Domain Stadium before leaving the track early, while Nathan Vardy was also on light duties. Josh Kennedy (ankle) and Eric Mackenzie (toe) were absent, while Elliot Yeo appeared to tweak his left ankle during ALF X match simulation.


    1. on the few games Nic Nat should play in the ruck this year , what will Lycetts roll in those games , or will Vardy get the gig ??


      1. Vardy is still on light duties which is why I’ve been hanging on to NicNat.

        Worst case scenario if NicNat fails to get up you downgrade to Lycett and bank the money.


  3. With Hanners, JPK and Heeney all having interrupted pre-seasons would be interesting to see what this means for the others in their midfield.

    Looking more specifically at someone like Parker the reliance on him to find the footy could lead to improved scoring.

    Averaged 107 post the bye last year, could he return to 110+ average from 2016.



    1. Parker had knee surgery in Dec 2016
      In 2017, he played 10 games prior to the bye and averaged 90.1
      Post-bye, he averaged 107.0 in twelve games, including 9 scores of 100+


  4. Rockliff apparently copped a knock to his dodgy shoulder in the Port intra club match but was able to play out the game.

    Played mostly forward in the intra game but said in the media earlier this week he expected to play midfield mostly throughout the year. Dixon, Gray, Wingard, Watts and Motlop all did not feature in the intra club match which may be why he was used forward.


    1. Not sure on the severity of this one. I get the feeling that the Roos just rested LDU, hoping he wouldn’t get injured during AFLX. Will monitor closely…..


  5. Chris Scott just confirmed Danger will play more forward with Gary Ablett in the team.

    Is this the biggest preseason set back of all



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