Pre-Season Setbacks

Written by Schwarzwalder on March 13 2017

I’ve done my best to update this list over the pre-season.  Before you finalise your starting line-up, you should know who is in doubt for Rd1……..



Promising forward Wayne Milera has had a setback with his knee during training.  No details as yet to the extent of the injury.  (Jan.)

Power Forwards Tom Lynch & Josh Jenkins are set to resume full training shortly following off-season surgery.  Lynch had a minor knee operation while Jenkins required work on his ankle. (Jan.)

Injury-plagued midfielder Brad Crouch has again injured his hamstring and is expected to be on limited duties for at least a fortnight. (Jan.)  UPDATE: Crouch is now expected to miss the entire JLT Series and even Rd1 of the regular season.  Plan without him. (mid-Feb.)

Veteran Scott Thompson is nursing a shoulder injury and training away from the main group at this stage. (Jan.)

Rory Sloane has suffered a fractured eye socket at training but is still expected to play Rd1 (mid/late Feb.) UPDATE: Swelling took longer to calm down before surgery could commence.  In a race against time for Rd1 (early March).

Defender Jake Lever has sustained a hamstring strain at training and will miss the next three weeks. (mid/late Feb.)

Cam Ellis-Yolmen adds to the midfield injury woes of the Crows after tearing his ACL.  Out for the season. (early March)

Tex Walker suffered some hamstring tightness against the Lions on the weekend but is expected to suit up for Rd1. (mid-March)



Ruckman Archie Smith stepped on a stingray while swimming at the beach on New Years Eve.  He is now returning to running and should still be ready for the pre-season series.  (Jan.)

Draftee Jarrod Berry has undergone minor knee surgery and will miss the next six weeks. (early Feb.)

Unlucky ex-Cat Allen Christensen has fractured his collarbone at training and will miss the next 6-8 weeks. (late Feb.)

Top draftee Hugh McCluggage has been ruled out for a month after injuring his ankle.  Put a line through him for your starting line-ups. (early March)



Patrick Cripps reportedly has a ‘stress reaction’ in his back and will miss up to 12 weeks of pre-season training (diagnosed at end of November).  UPDATE: Cripps is back ‘running on grass’ again and the club is confident he’ll be ready to go for Rd1 against Richmond on March 23. (Jan.) UPDATE: Managed some game time against the Saints in the JLT Series and seems to have pulled up well. (early March)

Ruckman Andrew Phillips has suffered stress reactions in his left foot and is out indefinitely at this stage (Jan.).

Daniel Gorringe suffered an achilles injury against Melbourne on the weekend and will be assessed during the week. (late Feb.)  UPDATE: Expected to be available for Rd1. (early March)



New Magpie Daniel Wells has suffered a calf strain & is sitting out of training for a couple weeks (diagnosed at start of December).  UPDATE: While he still hasn’t completed an entire session with the main group, the club remain ‘optimistic’ about Wells taking part in the JLT Community Series.  (end of Jan.) Wells failed to train last week and needed further scans on his troublesome calf. You’d be a brave man to pick him in Supercoach! (late Feb.) UPDATE: Not expected to get over the line for Rd1. (mid-March)

Premiership defender Ben Reid is close to returning to full training after off-season knee surgery.  (Jan.) Got through a practice match and could line up in the 3rd JLT Series game. (early March) UPDATE: Played against the Tigers in the last JLT game and scored a handy 103pts!  Should be right for Rd1. (mid-March)

Tom Langdon has been restricted to running laps after back & knee niggles. Still part of the rehab group. (Jan.)

Draftee Callum Brown has contracted glandular fever and will have to sit out for ‘a few weeks’ (end of Jan.)

Luckless Pie Matt Scharenberg is set to line up in the JLT Community Series after a solid pre-season. (early Feb.)

Injury-plagued forward Jamie Elliott has injured his ankle at training.  Officials are awaiting the results of scans before commenting on any time frame. (mid-Feb.) UPDATE: Facing a race against time to be fit for Rd1. (mid-March)

Josh Smith hobbled off the training track with an ankle injury but is expected to be right for Rd1. (late Feb.)

Brodie Grundy limped off the training track during the week (calf strain) but is expected to line up in Rd1 as planned. (early March)

Captain Scott Pendlebury was a late withdrawal against Richmond with an ‘Achilles issue’.  Coach Buckley is confident he’ll be ok for Rd1. (mid-March)

Levi Greenwood (hamstring) & Jordan De Goey (quad) are expected to be fit for Rd1. (mid-March)

Injury-prone big man Tom Bellchambers has suffered another knee injury during training and is expected to miss two months. (Jan.)

Joe Daniher has had some niggling knee troubles but the club expects him to play during the pre-season series. (Jan.)

New recruit Josh Green has joined in full training after multiple foot injuries during 2016. (Jan.)

Defender Cale Hooker is battling hamstring problems and is no certainty to line up in the pre-season series. (Jan.)

Michael Hartley is also struggling with an ‘inflamed hamstring’ but is hopeful of returning to full training within two weeks. (Jan.)

Aaron Francis rolled his ankle during the club’s first intra-club hit-out.  He is still expected to see some game time during the JLT Series. (mid-Feb.)

One of the most popular rookie selections in our RMT thread, David Myers has ruptured a tendon in his finger and will miss 6-8 weeks. (late Feb.)

Michael Hurley came off the ground late during the 2nd JLT Series match but has been cleared of any serious damage to his ankle.  Will be ready for Rd1. (early March)

Matthew Leuenberger injured his hamstring against Geelong in the last JLT game and is in doubt for Rd1. (mid-March)



Harley Bennell still has issues with his calf.  He flew to Germany in December and the club is optimistic that he’ll play ‘plenty of football in 2017’.  No time frame set as yet. (Jan.)  UPDATE: Ross Lyon has ruled a line through Bennell for Rd1.  Recovery is good but not quite enough. (mid-Feb.)

Nat Fyfe is in good shape after breaking his leg for the 2nd time in 2016.  After a couple of stints in Los Angeles (training camp), he should be ready to go in March.  (Jan.)

Tall defender Alex Pearce has suffered a setback in his recovery from a broken leg.  A partial fracture has been detected and Pearce is out indefinitely at this stage. (Jan.)

Aaron Sandilands has suffered a minor calf strain and is set to spend 3-5 weeks in the rehab group.  Will miss early part of JLT Community Series. (early Feb.)  UPDATE: Expected back in full training in the next few days and might play 3rd game of JLT Series. (late Feb.)

Jonathon Griffin is in full training after achilles soreness interrupted his early pre-season. (early Feb.)

Lachie Neale is back training with the main group after various off-season surgeries.  He’s confident of playing Rd1 against Geelong. (early Feb.)

Zac Clarke has now had surgery on his troublesome knee for the third time since the end of last season.  He isn’t expected back until the second half of the year. (late Feb.)

New recruit Shane Kersten will have x-rays on his ribs after a heavy collision against Collingwood.  Will have more to report soon. (early March)

Everyone’s favorite small forward Hayden Ballantyne has injured his left hamstring and will miss a month. (mid-March)



Tom Hawkins has resumed full training after off-season surgery on his knee.  (Jan.)

Small forward Cory Gregson has undergone surgery on his foot to remove a screw that was causing discomfort.  Not expected back to light training for about ten weeks (season starts in nine weeks). (Jan.)

Rookie James Parsons will be out for eight weeks after breaking his left foot after an awkward landing during his free time.  (ealry Feb.)

Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield limped off the track recently but was diagnosed as “just a corkie”. (mid-Feb.)

Small forward Lincoln McCarthy has been cleared of any serious damage to his shoulder.  He was taken from the ground against Adelaide.  (early March)



David Swallow has been training with the main group for the bulk of the pre-season and is expected to play in the JLT Community Series. (end of Jan.) UPDATE: Swallow is still on track to play the JLT Series after getting through a recent intra-club match. (mid-Feb.)

Defender Sam Day suffered a horrific hip injury in the first JLT game against the Lions.  He might even be out for the season. (mid-Feb).  UPDATE: Worst fears have been confirmed……Day will miss the entire 2017 season. (late Feb.)



Steve Johnson isn’t expected to return to full training for three months following surgery on his wrist & thumb (diagnosed mid-November).  Has been named to play against Sydney in the JLT Series. (early March) UPDATE: Stevie J went off the field with concussion in the last JLT Series game against North.  He appeared to clash heads with Shaun Higgins but should be ok for Rd1. (mid-March)

Ruckman Shane Mumford has had surgery on his right elbow to remove some ‘floating bone’.  He is sidelined for a month.  (end of Jan.)  UPDATE: Played in the 2nd JLT game against Sydney. (early March)

New recruit Matt de Boer has torn a hamstring at training and will miss the next 4-6 weeks of training.  (late Feb.)

Former Tiger Brett Deledio is struggling again with a calf strain and is in doubt for Rd1. (late Feb)

Aidan Corr injured his hand in the last JLT game against North and will face a race against time to be fit for Rd1. (mid-March)

Stephen Coniglio twisted his ankle while being tackled against North on the weekend.  Might be in some doubt for Rd1. (mid-March)



New recruit Jaeger O’Meara is still confined to an anti-gravity treadmill at this stage.  He is hopeful of starting with the main group after the Christmas Break. (Dec.) UPDATE: O’Meara has declared his fitness ahead of the JLT Series and expects to see plenty of game time! (mid-Feb.)

Jarryd Roughead was back at pre-season on day one and expects to take part in the Community Series in February.  Stay tuned for more……. (Jan.)

Former Captain Luke Hodge will miss the opening match against Essendon after an absence from training.  It’s a club-imposed ban. (mid-March)



Midfielder Dom Tyson suffered a partial dislocation of the patella during the Demons’ two-day training camp over the Christmas break.  He is still expected to play in the pre-season series. (Jan.)

Angus Brayshaw had a slight setback with his right calf muscle.  Still expected to play in the pre-season series but the club is cautious after his injury worries from 2016.  (Jan.)

Christian Salem is back in full training after a mild concussion at the Dees Christmas training camp. (Jan.)

Dean Kent may be sidelined for up to a month after niggling back injuries start to take their toll. (Jan.)

Josh Wagner is set to miss six weeks after dislocating his fibula in the first JLT game against the Dogs. (mid-Feb.)

Small forward Jeff Garlett is in danger of missing Rd1 with a hamstring injury.  He is still restricted to running laps. (late Feb.)

New recruit Michael Hibberd has been experiencing some Achilles soreness and is in some doubt for Rd1. (early March)

Aaron vandenBerg has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his heel.  He’ll miss 4-6 weeks. (early March)



Majak Daw has suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee and is expected to miss four weeks.  Club is hopeful that he’ll still play in the pre-season Series. (Jan.16)  UPDATE: Expected to play later games in JLT Series. (mid-Feb.)

Defender Scott Thompson expects to return to full training in three weeks after groin surgery last month.  (Jan.)

Key forward Ben Brown has undergone minor knee surgery after landing awkwardly at training.  Officially a ‘wash-out’ procedure.  Expected back to training in two weeks. (Jan.)  Facing a test to be fit for Rd1. (late Feb) UPDATE: Despite not playing in the JLT Series, the Kangaroos are optimistic about Brown lining up for Rd1. (mid-March)

Mason Wood hasn’t missed a beat since having his 2016 season cut short by a knee injury. (Jan.) UPDATE: Injured his hamstring at training and expected to miss two months. (late Feb.)

Jed Anderson has ruptured his AC joint and is expected to be out for two months. (early Feb.)

Rookie Oscar Junker has broken his tibia and will be sidelined for four months. (mid-Feb.)

Ben Cunnington is suspended for Rd1 after a charge of ‘rough conduct’ against Hawthorn in the JLT Series. (late Feb.)

Tagger Ben Jacobs is out for eight weeks following surgery on his foot. (late Feb.)



Jarman Impey & young forward Aidyn Johnson have been suspended for Rd1 for their ‘crash-run’ incident in November. (Dec.)

Charlie Dixon is expecting to play the last two games of the JLT Series. He underwent ankle surgery last November. (mid-Feb.)

Defender Matthew Broadbent has suffered a hamstring strain which will rule him out for the next two weeks.  The club is optimistic that he’ll still play in their third game of the JLT Series.  (late Feb.)

Nathan Krakouer is suspended for Rd1 after a charge of ‘Rough Conduct’ from the JLT Series. (late Feb.)

Defender Jasper Pittard injured his left hamstring against Richmond in the JLT Series and is in doubt for Rd1. (early March)



After surgery to his ankle & finger in September, Jack Riewoldt is restricted to light running at this stage of the pre-season. (Dec.)  UPDATE: Jack is now running with the main group. (Jan.)

Dion Prestia is recovering well from knee surgery last July and is slowly joining in with the main group. (Jan.)

Shaun Hampson has been placed on the Long-Term Injury List due to a lingering back injury. (mid-March)



Luke Dunstan has now joined in with the main training group after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction last August.  (Jan.)

Luckless youngster Nathan Freeman is progressing well through the pre-season till now.  After three seasons on the sidelines, his hamstring troubles may just be behind him (knock wood!).  (Jan.)  UPDATE: Coach Richardson is happy with his progress and he’ll play VFL footy & possibly part of the JLT Series in the weeks to come. (mid-Feb.)

Veteran Leigh Montagna has suffered a calf strain and will miss the first JLT Series game this week.  He is expected back shortly. (late Feb.) UPDATE: Didn’t see any game time over the JLT Series and is in doubt for Rd1 (mid-March)

Bailey Rice will miss a month after breaking his finger against Carlton in the JLT Series. (mid-March)



Luke Parker has had arthriscopic surgery to assist in recovery from a PCL injury sustained on the Prelim Final against Geelong.  Simply resting the knee didn’t help as planned.  No time frame on his recovery as yet. (Dec.)

Tom Papley will be off his feet for up to eight weeks following surgery to relieve the symptoms of compartment syndrome (diagnosed in first week of December).  UPDATE: Papley has been placed on the long-term injury list and will miss Rd1 (at the very least). (mid-Feb.)

Swingman Sam Reid is looking to put a disastrous 2016 behind him as he enjoys an injury-free pre-season to date. (Jan.)

Defender Jeremy Laidler has had surgery on his left elbow and is expected to miss the next month of training. (Jan.)

Lance Franklin is recovering well from off-season surgery on his shoulder.  He is expected to join the main group in the coming weeks and is on target for Rd1. (end of Jan.)  UPDATE:  Expected to play against the Giants in the JLT Series. (late Feb.)

Veteran Jarrad McVeigh has injured his calf at training and is likely to miss 3-4 weeks.  Practically ruled out for Rd1. (early March)

Star youngster Isaac Heeney has been diagnosed with glandular fever and is ruled out indefinitely at this stage.  Put a line through him for your starting line-ups! (early March)



There’s the leg break from Mitch Wallis which was initially diagnosed as a 9-12 month lay-off (happened in Rd18, 2016). (Dec.)  UPDATE: Wallis is “progressing well” in his return from that badly broken leg. (mid-Feb)

Caleb Daniel is yet to join in full training after a shoulder reconstruction over the pre-season (Jan).

Liam Picken sustained a facial injury at training and is recovering from minor surgery.  The club expects him to miss the first game of the JLT Series. (mid-Feb.)

Jordan Roughead has no major damage to his knee, but will have to deal with a hamstring injury.  No time frame has been set as yet. (mid-Feb.)  UPDATE: Time frame has been set for eight weeks after surgery. (late Feb.)

Matt Suckling has recovered from his achilles injury and is set to resume full training.  (late Feb.)

Tom Campbell has injured his ankle at training but a time frame has not been set for his return. (late Feb.)

Rookie Roarke Smith has torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Brisbane.  Out for the season unfortunately. (early March)



Young defender Tom Cole had surgery to remove a bone chip from his ankle.  Should be back to full training after the Christmas break. (Dec.)

Ruckman Scott Lycett is having ongoing knee problems and will most likely miss the first 8-10 weeks of the 2017 season. (Dec.)  Word around the traps is that Lycett is firming for a Rd1 appearance!  Might even see some game time in the JLT Series.  Stay posted! (mid-Feb.) UPDATE: In his comeback game (practice match for Perth), Lycett has dislocated his shoulder.  Severity of the injury is not yet known but safe to say he won’t play in the early Rounds. (mid-March)

Just in case you’d forgotten, Nic Naitanui will miss most (if not all) of the 2017 season after undergoing a knee reconstruction in late August 2016. (Dec.) UPDATE: NicNat conceded in a recent interview that his 2017 season may be a complete write-off. (mid-Feb.)

Rookie Simon Tunbridge has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at pre-season training.  He will miss the 2017 season. (Dec.) UPDATE: Tunbridge has decided on the unconventional LARS repair and is expected to begin running over the next two weeks. (early Feb.)

Liam Duggan is under an injury cloud with his hamstring and is in doubt for the JLT pre-season series.  (Jan.)  UPDATE: Set to resume training shortly with the main group. (mid-Feb.)

New recruit Nathan Vardy copped a knock to his medial ligament and is restricted to running laps in the rehab group.  UPDATE: Vardy joined in full training with the main group! (end of Jan.)

Elliot Yeo is battling a minor calf complaint and is also in the rehab group at this stage in late January.  UPDATE: Yeo is now back in full training with the main group.  (end of Jan.)

Mature-aged recruit Willie Rioli has torn the tendon off his hamstring and will miss at least three months. (mid-Feb.)


Have I missed anyone?  If so, be sure to include a link to confirm the source.  Always important to verify the info……….


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22 thoughts on “Pre-Season Setbacks”

    1. Post has been updated for Mitch Wallis from the Dogs! Haven’t seen any updates on his recovery but wouldn’t expect him back till mid-year (at the very best).


    1. Giles. Vardy will break down in the preseason. Makes a certain starter out of Petrie. He’s way past his best though.


  1. What a shock, O’Meara’s injured! He’ll probably have more articles written about him than he’ll actually play games in 2017.

    By the way, Michael Johnson could be in a bit of trouble after he was caught with his pants down (literally) in a kebab shop. Some people just can’t hold their garlic sauce…


    1. Trying to demonstrate what felafel looks like.

      Mate, if they’re kind of greenish and burnt looking i’d be seeking medical help urgently.


        1. I’m certainly rearranging my time as we speak, see if I can come up with something I’m happy with as I’ll always have a team to come back to if I want.


  2. With Heeney out does Brad Hill start to look a viable option? Best 4 for freo in both games, and at 355k and dpp fwd mid could be a useful option?

    Was definitely on the upward climb until last season’s disastrous effort.


    1. Very erratic in his scoring, even during Hawthorn’s glory days. Haven’t even considered him till now to be honest. Can’t see him coming good now……but I’ve been wrong before 😉


      1. A lot less competitors for midfield points at Freo right now than Hawthorn…

        Not currentl in my team but throwing it out there


      2. Well, Heeney out, Wingard injured, Ryder dismal so far…

        We need to open eyes a bit.

        Jack Steele looks promisibg but is he best 22 at St Kilda, with Billings, Dunstan etc to come in? I want 1 more big score to be sure



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