Injuries – Round 15

Written by Chaos Theory on June 18 2024


Matt Crouch Shoulder Season
Elliott Himmelberg Cheekbone Test
Wayne Milera Knee Season
Patrick Parnell Shoulder Season
Brodie Smith Knee Test
Riley Thilthorpe Knee 1-3 weeks
Taylor Walker Back Test
Josh Worrell Arm 5-7 weeks


Will Ashcroft is closer to a return, with the Club expecting him to be available for selection next week.

Ashcroft, who ruptured his ACL in July last year, has been in full training for the past month and looks set to put his hand up to play in Round 16 against Melbourne.

Carter Michael Quad 1 Week
Will Ashcroft Knee 1 week
Noah Answerth Shoulder 4-6 Weeks
Lincoln McCarthy Knee Season
Darcy Gardiner Knee Season
Keidean Coleman Knee Season
Tom Doedee Knee Season


Orazio Fantasia (AC joint)
– Availability: test

Marc Pittonet (finger)
– Availability: test

David Cuningham (calf)
– Back in full training
– Availability: test

Adam Cerra (hamstring)
– Back in full training
– Availability: one week

Jack Martin (calf)
– Back in full training
– Unavailable this week. Will be assessed further next week

Matthew Cottrell (foot)
– Back in skills training
– Availability: 2-3 weeks


Aiden Begg Knee Season
Josh Carmichael Concussion TBC
Mason Cox Knee 3-5 weeks
Jordan De Goey Groin 1 week
Jamie Elliott Vascular 4-6 weeks
Ned Long Calf 1 week
Dan McStay Knee TBC
Brody Mihocek Hamstring 1 week
Tom Mitchell Foot 4-6 weeks
Scott Pendlebury Bicep 1-2 weeks
Joe Richards Foot 1-2 weeks
Oscar Steene Toe 4-6 weeks


Mason Redman bye has assisted with his recovery from a hamstring strain, set to be available provided he gets through training without issue.

Xavier Duursma and Ben Hobbs are each pushing for a return this week, eyeing off their first appearances since round nine and round 11 respectively following quad and calf injuries.

Sam Draper is now in the mix to play following his knee surgery in mid-May.

Will Setterfield will be a test this week after being subbed out with knee soreness late in the round 13 loss to the Blues.

Kaine Baldwin has suffered a setback after pulling up with some ankle soreness following training last week.Further investigation showed a minor irritation of his previous navicular bone stress injury, meaning he will need to briefly deload before ramping his training up again in the coming weeks.

Mason Redman Hamstring Test

Ben Hobbs Calf Test

Xavier Duursma Quad Test

Will Setterfield Knee Test

Sam Draper Knee Test

Kaine Baldwin Navicular stress 3-6 weeks

Darcy Parish Calf 4 weeks

Saad El-Hawli Ankle 6-7 weeks

Zach Reid Pectoral TBC

Jaiden Hunter ACL Season


Sonny (Michael Walters) has had a scan and it is a low-to-moderate grade hamstring injury,” Fremantle High Performance Manager Phil Merriman said. “It should set him back about three to four weeks, so we unfortunately won’t see him for a few weeks.”

Brennan Cox is expected to for Peel Thunder’s reserves on Saturday, after surgery to repair a hamstring tendon in March

The Club will submit to the AFL to have developing key forward Sebit Kuek removed from the inactive list.

The 23-year-old is recovering from a knee reconstruction and two shoulder surgeries.

“Sebit will be returning in the next two to three weeks,” Merriman said.

“That is really exciting for the footy Club to have Sebit up and about.”

Heath Chapman (hamstring) – test
Brennan Cox (hamstring) – test
Odin Jones (illness) – test
Kuek (knee) – 2-3 weeks
Walters (hamstring) – 3-4 weeks
O’Driscoll (knee) – 4-5 weeks
McDonald (knee) – 8-10 weeks
Corbett (hip) – season


Patrick Dangerfield and Ollie Henry are set to be available for selection.

 Zach Tuohy (knee) and Toby Conway (hip) are both available for selection.

Cameron Guthrie is two weeks away from a return as he continues to recover from an achilles issue.

Oli Wiltshire is making progress as he works his way back from a pelvis injury. 2 – 4 weeks


Jarrod Witts is expected to be available for selection in Sunday’s Round 15 clash against Fremantle.

Ben King will be a test for Round 15 after an incident at training on Saturday morning.

 “Ben was sent for scans on his knee on Saturday following an incident at training and those scans have cleared him of any serious damage,” GC SUNS Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull said.

 “We’ll make a decision on his availability following training on Thursday.”

Oskar Faulkhead, who last played in the VFL in Round 5, is once again available for selection after overcoming an ankle injury.

 Lachie Weller is also nearing a return and is expected to be available in the latter part of the AFL season. 4 weeks


Lachie Ash is set to return for this weekend. Ash comes to the end of his six-week recovery from a calf injury sustained in round nine

Stephen Coniglio will face a fitness test during Thursday’s main training session, following his shoulder injury sustained in the round 11 win over the Cats in Geelong.

Adam Kennedy is set to play his first game of football in 14 months, after a hamstring injury delayed his return from an ACL injury sustained in April last year.

James Leake is also expected to line up in the VFL for the first time this weekend, after a run of injuries have delayed his start to his AFL career to date.

Darcy Jones will also be a test this week to progress to limited minutes in the VFL as he recovers from a significant hamstring injury.

Nick Haynes will miss the next 3-4 weeks, after scans on Tuesday revealed a hamstring strain suffered in Sunday’s game.

Stephen Coniglio Shoulder Test
Josh Fahey Foot 12-16 weeks
Cooper Hamilton Ankle 3-4 weeks
Nick Haynes Hamstring 3-4 weeks
Darcy Jones Hamstring Test
Adam Kennedy Hamstring Test
James Leake Quad Test
Nick Madden Ankle 5-7 weeks
Harry Perryman Hamstring 1 week
Braydon Preuss Hamstring Indefinite


James Blanck Knee Season
Sam Butler Leg Season
Bailey Macdonald Hip Test
Will McCabe Back Test
Ned Reeves Back Test
Jack O’Sullivan Hamstring Test
Ethan Phillips Knee Test
Cooper Stephens Achilles Test
Chad Wingard Calf Test


Josh Schache will be available for selection this week after being sidelined with a foot injury this past month.

Christian Petracca is continuing to rest at home following surgery on his spleen, an injury that was sustained during Round 13.

“Christian is recovering at home following his procedure,” Griffith said.

“He has a follow-up with a specialist this week to continue to refine his plan to return him to full health.

“We’ll continue to support Christian on his journey back to full health.”

Jake Lever (knee) “Jake is returning to training this week and our plan is that he’ll return to full training next week,” High-Performance Manager Selwyn Griffith said.

“He’ll then look to be available for selection in Round 16.”

Jake Melksham (ACL)“Jake is currently training with the main group,” Griffith said.

“He’ll likely have a return to play in the coming weeks.”

Marty Hore (calf), Lachie Hunter (calf) and Charlie Spargo (Achilles) are all continuing to work through their respective rehab schedules. 1-2 weeks


Jy Simpkin will need to prove his fitness later in the week.

“He felt really good during the week but when we had main training on Friday he felt some general awareness in his hamstring,” head of performance Kevin White said.

“We scanned that which showed a really minor hamstring strain … we envisage that it came directly out of the West Coast game.

“It being so low level he’s down for a test this week … he’s making good progress but we’ll have more information once we get through training on Thursday.”

Colby McKercher (foot) is expected to to play this weekend.

Griffin Logue (knee) has been locked into a return at VFL level

Wil Dawson went under the knife for AC joint surgery last week, having suffered the injury during the early stages of North Melbourne’s Round 14 game against West Coast.

“It’s a fairly new surgery they’re using at the minute to repair that ligament,” White said.

“When he comes out of the sling, we’ll get through his range of movement, his strength and then back into football function.”

Brayden George‘s season has ended due to an ACL rupture suffered in Sunday’s VFL clash with Collingwood at the AIA Centre.

Blake Drury‘s return timeline has been updated to 3-5 weeks.

Bigoa Nyuon should be right to go for this weekend after missing out on the reserves’ win over the Pies.

“Biggie had a significant hip pointer issue,” White said.

“We gave him every opportunity to put his hand up as far as gameday and he was making steady progress in the week, but on gameday (he) couldn’t get above 80 per cent in terms of his full function.

“He should train this week uninhibited and be available to play.”


Willie Rioli will be tested this week to determine his fitness for Saturday’s game against Brisbane.

Ryan Burton has bone bruising to his foot and will continue to be assessed this week.

Trent McKenzie sustained a hamstring strain at training and is set to miss up to three weeks.

First-year player Lachie Charleson will be available this weekend after recovering from a knee injury.

Josh Sinn will be assessed for a possible return from a fractured collarbone.


Shai Bolton Corked leg TBC
Judson Clarke ACL Season
Mate Colina Back TBC
Liam Fawcett Back TBC
Josh Gibcus ACL Season
Jack Graham Hamstring TBC
Dylan Grimes Back TBC
Jacob Hopper Hamstring Test
Mykelti Lefau ACL Season
Sam Naismith ACL Season
Marlion Pickett Calf 1-2 weeks
Dion Prestia Calf Test
Maurice Rioli jnr Ankle 2-4 weeks
Jack Ross Foot 6-8 weeks
Tylar Young ACL Season


Jimmy Webster (calf), Liam Stocker (abdominal) and Isaac Keeler (knee) will all face tests to ascertain their availability for Round 16, with Paddy Dow (ankle) to also be assessed.

Brad Crouch will similarly be monitored for a knee flare-up, which saw him withdrawn from all levels of competition this weekend just gone.

Jack Hayes and Dougal Howard have taken steps forward in their respective knee and hamstring rehabilitations, while Liam Henry has been cleared of any injury after leaving the field late in St Kilda’s match against Brisbane last Friday.


Callum Mills

Callum completed modified team training last week and he will train fully with the team this week.

Angus Sheldrick

Angus’ ankle is progressing well. He has commenced running this week. 

Sam Reid

Sam has returned to modified team training last week. He will commence full team training this week.

Jack Buller

Jack had lumbar surgery disc surgery last week. He will be on light recovery duties for two weeks.

Harry Arnold

Harry continues in light skills training. He will maintain this level for the next fortnight before reassessing his progress.


Oscar Allen and Liam Duggan only need to get through training on Thursday to prove their fitness ahead of Sunday’s road clash with Essendon.

Jayden Hunt is also set to return from a toe injury after missing West Coast’s last two matches before the bye, and Luke Edwards is available after exiting concussion protocols.

Tim Kelly (hip) and Dom Sheed (hamstring) will miss the trip to face the Bombers, but are aiming to be available against Hawthorn in round 16.

Elijah Hewett (foot) and Rhett Bazzo (groin) are on a similar timeline and hoping to play some football in about three-to-four weeks.

“Elijah is back training. He’s back running around with the group, which is great. He’s probably around three-to-four weeks away from playing but he’s back into a fair bit of training, which is really good for him,” Inness said.

“Rhett is on a similar timeframe to Elijah. He’s back running around with the group joining in with training, so again he’ll be about three-to-four weeks away from playing.”


Aaron Naughton, Nick Coffield and James Harmes are in line to return to availability when the football program recommences next week.

Both Jordan Croft and Luke Cleary continue to progress well within the concussion management protocol.

“Both will be monitored across this week with us optimistic that they will return to full training next week,” Bell said.

Injury List

James Harmes (hamstring) – test
Jordan Croft (concussion) – test
Luke Cleary (concussion) – test
Nick Coffield (shoulder) – test
Aaron Naughton (knee) – test
Jason Johannisen (hamstring) – 2-3 weeks
Alex Keath (hamstring) – 4-6 weeks
Ryan Gardner (wrist) – 10-12 weeks
Bailey Smith (ACL) – Season


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