Injuries – Opening Round (Updated)

Written by Chaos Theory on March 5 2024


Mark Keane Concussion Test round 1

Nick Murray – Knee  Mid-late season

Harry Schoenberg – Achilles  TBC  re-evaluated mid-season

Rory Sloane – Detached retina TBC  re-evaluated in 1-3 weeks

Riley Thilthorpe – Knee

Riley Thilthorpe will have surgery to fix meniscus tear this week. Exact procedure still being determined but full repair could see him miss large part of the season. Best case scenario would still him miss at least the first month



Conor McKenna – Hamstring  Test for round 1

Tom Doedee – Knee  Round 3

Will Ashcroft – Knee  Round 12

Carter Michael – Quad – 2 weeks

Zane Zakostelsky – groin – TBC



Zac Williams – Available if he gets through training

Jesse Motlop (toe)
– Sustained a jarred toe in practice match against Melbourne
– Availability: 1-2 weeks

Sam Walsh (back)
– Increasing loads as part of his modified training
– Availability: Indefinite – Next update on his progress will be provided after Round 2 bye

Caleb Marchbank (illness)
– Returned to full training
– Availability: Indefinite – Next update will be provided after Round 2 bye

Jack Martin (knee) 
– In modified skills training
– Availability: 2-3 weeks

Corey Durdin
– Available

Matt Owies
– Available

Alex Mirkov
– Available

Matt Carroll – Groin 
– Increasing loads as part of his modified training
– Availability: Indefinite – Next update will be provided after Round 2 bye

Jacob Weitering – Calf

– Returned to running.
Further update on his return to play will be provided during the Round 2 bye.

Elijah Hollands – Suspension round 3

Matt Duffy – Knee Season

Jack Silvagni – Knee Season



Harry DeMattia – Finger  Round 6 – 8

Bobby Hill – Hamstring  TBC

Nathan Kreuger – Hamstring 6 weeks

Daniel McStay – Knee  Season



Kaine Baldwin – Foot stress fracture   TBC

Sam Draper – Groin  Test  made a successful playing return on restricted minutes in last week’s VFL practice match against Geelong

Ben Hobbs – Shoulder  Test

Jaiden Hunter – Knee Season

Jake Kelly – Hamstring   Test

Dylan Shiel – Foot/ knee  One week

Jordan Ridley – Quad   Scans on Saturday confirming a low-grade strain  3-4 weeks

Nate Caddy is integrating back into main training after overcoming soreness from an awkward landing at training a couple of weeks ago.

Tex Wanganeen continues to increase his running loads with an eye towards a return to main training in the next 4-5 weeks.



Jye Amiss – Knee/Quad  Test for round 1

Heath Chapman – Hamstring   round 2-3

Josh Corbett – Hip  Season

Michael Frederick – Hamstring  Test for round 1

Luke Jackson – Concussion  Test for round 1

Sebit Kuek – Knee  Season

Nathan O’Driscoll – Knee  Indefinite



Cam Guthrie – Quad  8-10 weeks

Gary Rohan – Back  TBC


Gold Coast

Jed Walter – Collarbone  3 weeks

Malcolm Rosas Jnr – Quad  Test

Alex Davies – Hamstring  2 weeks

Jake Rogers – Back   2 weeks

Lachie Weller – Knee   12+ weeks



Finn Callaghan – Shoulder   Test round 1

Isaac Cumming – Calf    2-3 weeks

Harry Perryman – Hamstring  1 week

Darcy Jones – Knee   1-2 weeks

James Leake – Quad   4-6 weeks

Braydon Preuss – Back  6-8 weeks

Adam Kennedy – Knee   8 weeks

Phoenix Gothard – Illness   TBC



James Blanck – Knee  Season

Will Day – Foot fracture  Round 2-4

Denver Grainger-Barras – Toe  Mid Season

Changkuoth Jiath – Hamstring  Round 4

Will McCabe – Back   12 weeks

Seamus Mitchell – Jaw  Test for Round 1

Dylan Moore – Glandular fever  Test for Round 1

Chad Wingard – Achilles  Mid-season



Ben Brown – Knee   Available

Clayton Oliver – Available for opening round

Charlie Spargo – Achilles   Available

Tom Fullarton – Hamstring  Early season

Lachie Hunter – Calf a return to main training in three to four weeks’ time.

Shane McAdam – Hamstring   TBC

Jake Melksham – Knee  Season

Kysaiah Pickett – Suspension  Round 2

Harrison Petty -Toe  “He’ll complete match-load sessions this week and will look to integrate him into main training in the coming weeks to be available for AFL football.”

Daniel Turner (hip)  seven to eight weeks


North Melbourne

Aidan Corr – Ankle   Test

Luke McDonald – Hamstring   Test

Jy Simpkin – Concussion   2 weeks

Griffin Logue – Knee  Round 10


Port Adelaide

Zak Butters has been cleared of serious injury to his ankle. An MRI confirmed no major structural injury, with the midfielder expected to be available for Round 1.

Dante Visentini is tracking well after entering concussion protocols from a head knock in training last week

Quinton Narkle has been managing some discomfort in his back but has returned to running and is likely to re-join training in the coming days. 2-3 weeks

Xavier Walsh – Knee  Test for Round 1

Hugh Jackson – Hip   14-16 weeks

Lachlan Charleson -ankle – Test

Kyle Marshall – back  3-4 weeks

Tom McCallum – Ankle   4-5 weeks



Dustin Martin, corky “Dustin received a knock towards the end of (Tuesday’s) session. He was sent for precautionary scans which have cleared him of major damage, and we’re going to monitor him over the next couple of days.”

Toby Nankervis, foot

“Toby’s been building his workloads over the last couple of weeks. Everything’s going really well, really happy with how he’s progressing. Toby will be unavailable this week and he’s looking likely to play against Carlton.”

Jack Graham – Quad  4 weeks

“Jack was really unlucky in the last minute against Collingwood, he hurt himself. He escaped major damage and has been training, been back running since then. We’re looking at around about a month out of footy.”

Sam Banks, calf soreness

“Sam’s been training fully the last two weeks. He’ll be available this week.”

Dylan Grimes – Calf  Test for Round 1

Tom Lynch – Foot    1-2 weeks

Rhyan Mansell – Ankle (1-2 weeks)

Liam Fawcett- Back (TBC- Long Term)

Mate Colina – Back (TBC- Long Term)


St Kilda

Dan Butler – Ankle  2-3 weeks

Hunter Clark – Concussion/face fracture  3-5 weeks

Paddy Dow – Knee   3-5 weeks

Ben Paton – Pectoral  12-16 weeks

Jack Sinclair – Calf   1-2 weeks

Marcus Windhager – Hand   1-2 weeks

Jack Hayes – Knee  5-6 weeks

James Van Es – Ankle  4-5 weeks

Dougal Howard – hamstring   4 weeks

Mattaes Phillipou – Hip   Test

Zak Jones – Concussion   Available



Taylor Adams – Knee  3-4 weeks

Callum Mills – Shoulder  Mid-season

Lachlan McAndrew – Wrist   Test

Luke Parker – Broken arm   4 weeks

Luke Parker

Parker visited the specialist last week to determine the outcome of the surgery he had on his broken arm and is expected to be assessed in approximately a month.

Callum Mills

Callum’s recovery from his shoulder injury is continuing to progress well. He remains to target for a mid-season return.

Taylor Adams

Taylor is currently in a leg brace to rest the lateral ligament sprain he suffered against Brisbane. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

Harry Arnold

Harry suffered a stress fracture in his lower back and is expected to miss the first half of the season.

Indhi Kirk

Indhi had his appendix removed over the weekend and will miss 2 weeks.



Oscar Allen – Knee  Round 1

Jai Culley – Knee   Mid season

Matthew Flynn – Hamstring   10-12 weeks

Reuben Ginbey – Concussion   Available

Elijah Hewett – Foot   TBC

Liam Ryan – Hamstring  Early season

Dom Sheed – Foot   Test


Western Bulldogs

Jack Macrae – Hamstring  Test for Round 1

James O’Donnell – Ankle  Test

Bailey Dale – Hamstring   Test

Laitham Vandermeer – Concussion   Test

Jordan Croft – Shins    3-6 weeks

Ryan Gardner – Foot   4-6 weeks

Aiden O’Driscoll – Concussion  Indefinite

Bailey Smith – Knee   Season


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11 thoughts on “Injuries – Opening Round (Updated)”

  1. Essendon: Jordan Ridley (quad) “Probably have to take a few weeks off. Won’t play in Round 1 unfortunately, but hopefully not too (long) after that, so 3 to 4 weeks.” Jordan Ridley


  2. North Melbourne: Jy Simpkin has been ruled out of round one, having suffered his third concussion in less than 12 months.Todd Viney said: “Given Jy’s history, our medical team will take a conservative approach to his management and recovery.”


  3. St Kilda: Dougal Howard will miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season. Scans have confirmed a significant hamstring strain. Mattaes Phillipou dealing with hip soreness ahead of Rd 1.


    1. Does this bring Schoenmakers into calculations?
      Feels like we might have a lot of cheap defensive rookies – Gibcus, Coffield, Reid, Pink, Phillips, Howes, then maybe Dean and now Schoenmakers. Strong JS for Gibcus and Reid. Moderate is for rest (Dean might actually be more low than moderate). Apart from being spoiled for choice, not sure any of them will be anything but a slow burn. Maybe we are hopeful on Coffield because he has the highest demonstrated ceiling in the past, but who knows with his new role and new club. Thought it was interesting that some of the talk was that he was fighting with Khamis for a spot. Wouldn’t be surprised if they chopped and changed depending on the structure of the opposition.


  4. Richmond: Dustin Martin, corked calf, for who will likely rest tomorrow before a selection call is made on Thursday. Still a chance to fly up to QLD for Opening Round


  5. Collingwood:

    Jeremy Howe won’t play in Saturday evening’s match due to a calf injury

    Scott Pendlebury will be assessed before the Opening Round clash in Sydney as he continues his recovery from a knock to the back of his knee/hamstring region suffered during pre-season training. The injury kept him out of last week’s practice match against Richmond.


  6. Fremantle : Sean Darcy has undergone an arthroscope on his left knee which will rule him out of the opening rounds of the AFL season.

    “Sean pulled up sore following our match simulation against West Coast, after recovering over the week he was cleared to play Port Adelaide. Sean was withdrawn at half-time of Friday night’s practice match against Port as a precaution and subsequently pulled up sore again following the game.” said Executive General Manager of Football Joe Brierty.

    “Sean was sent for a scan on Sunday and following specialist advice it was agreed with Sean that the best course of action was to complete an arthroscope to remove some of the loose bodies that were identified from the scan to be causing the discomfort.”

    “This procedure will enable Sean to get back to full fitness after an initial reloading period post the procedure.”

    The Club will confirm the return in play timeline for Darcy in the coming days.


  7. Fremantle: Nathan O’Driscoll has required a surgical procedure to remove a blood clot from his right knee.

    Following the West Coast Eagles match sim, the Club identified a blood clot superficial to the knee joint. After seeking specialist advice, it was agreed to surgically remove the clot to speed up O’Driscoll’s recovery.

    “Nathan will be off-feet for a couple of days after the procedure, but it is expected that we will recover quickly from the procedure,” Brierty said.

    “Once he ticks off his load progressions, he should be able to transition back into football fairly quickly.”



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