Injuries – Round 17

Written by Chaos Theory on July 3 2024


Chayce Jones is expected to be available for selection this weekend after recovering from a minor back injury.

Karl Gallagher (hamstring) 2-3 weeks

Josh Worrell (arm) 3-5 weeks

Matt Crouch (shoulder) season

Patrick Parnell (shoulder) season

Wayne Milera (knee) season


Kalin Lane will miss the rest of the 2024 season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Saturday’s VFL win over Coburg.

Jack Payne Foot Soreness Test
Noah Answerth Shoulder 2-4 Weeks
Kalin Lane Knee Season
Darcy Gardiner Knee Season
Lincoln McCarthy Knee Season
Tom Doedee Knee Season
Keidean Coleman Knee Season


Matthew Kennedy (knee)
• Experienced knee soreness out of the game on Sunday however scans have cleared him of damage to his knee
• Will aim to train later this week in order to be available to play
• Availability: Test

Corey Durdin (shoulder)
• Experienced a dislocated shoulder in the VFL on Sunday
• Unavailable for selection this week, his recovery will be reassessed over the next fortnight

Tom De Koning (managed)
• Will aim to train fully this week
• Availability: Test

Matthew Cottrell (foot)
• Availability: Test

Billy Wilson (knee)
• Availability: Test

Jack Martin

Calf One week



Lachie Schultz

Lachie Schultz is expected to be available for Collingwood’s Round 17 match against Essendon after recovering from illness.

Schultz was unable to train last week due to illness, causing him to miss the Pies’ game against the Gold Coast SUNS.

The 26-year-old was able to train over the weekend and has built up his running loads.


Brayden Maynard

Brayden Maynard will be assessed this week having sustained a corked quad in his right leg during the final quarter of Saturday’s match against the Gold Coast SUNS.

After being assessed on the bench, Maynard was unable to return to the field.

Since Saturday, Maynard has experienced some soreness and has received treatment with the aim to get up for Friday night’s game.

With a short turnaround between games, Maynard will need to get through full training this week to determine his availability.

Josh Daicos

Josh Daicos will be assessed ahead of Friday night’s match having sustained a corked calf during the third quarter of the game against the Gold Coast SUNS.

The 25-year-old finished the game but wasn’t able to run at full capacity.

He has experienced some soreness and the Club is hoping he can return to training ahead of Friday night’s game.



Aiden Begg

Having sustained a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury, Aiden Begg remains on the AFL Inactive List and will sit out for the remainder of the AFL Season.

The 21-year-old is progressing well through his rehab program and is now focusing on building his quad strength and is coming closer to making a return to running.

Josh Carmichael

Josh Carmichael continues to work through the AFL’s concussion protocols.

Carmichael is expected to meet with the Independent Medical Concussion Panel, convened by the AFL, and continues to be supported by the Club and AFL medical teams.

Mason Cox

Mason Cox continues to focus on rehabilitating his knee.

The 33-year-old has started changing direction while running and will look to complete some skills training towards the back end of the week.

Cox is expected to return in two to four weeks’ time.

Jamie Elliott

Jamie Elliott is continuing to progress well through his vascular issue.

The forward has entered his second week of a mini pre-season training block which has seen him return to team skills training. The 31-year-old will look to return to contact training next week.

Elliott is expected to return in two to four weeks.

Beau McCreery

Beau McCreery is set to spend some time on the sidelines after sustaining a soleus calf injury during Saturday’s game against the Gold Coast SUNS.

McCreery sustained the injury during a tackle and tried to run out the game but was unable to. He was subsequently subbed out of the match during the third quarter.

The 23-year-old is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Dan McStay

Dan McStay is tracking well in his return from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

The 28-year-old has been able to complete high-end footy work under no restrictions. He’ll continue to focus on building his load and skills.

McStay will need to complete a block of work during full team training over the next few weeks before he returns to the field.

Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell is working his way through his rehab program following surgery to address the plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

The 31-year-old continues to focus on building strength in his foot and is hoping to start straight line running outdoors later this week.

He is expected to return in three to five weeks’ time.

John Noble

John Noble has entered the AFL’s concussion protocols having sustained a knock to the head in a marking contest during Saturday’s game.

The 27-year-old has remained symptom free since the incident and is moving through the protocols. He’ll look to complete some running towards the back end of the week.

The Club is hopeful he can return for the side’s Round 18 game against Geelong next week pending he is out of concussion protocols.

Wil Parker

Wil Parker continues to recover from his knee injury.

The 21-year-old, who sustained a slight meniscus tear to his knee in the Pies’ VFL Round 12 match, has been focusing on his running mechanics and building up strength in his knee.

He is expected to return within three to five weeks.

Jakob Ryan

Jakob Ryan will be sidelined having experienced calf awareness during Collingwood’s Round 14 VFL game over the weekend. Scans have revealed a minor calf strain.

Ryan will now enter a de-load period to recover and is expected to return in two to four weeks.

Oscar Steene

Oscar Steene continues to work through his rehab program for his toe injury.

Steene continues to take positive steps and show progress through his running program and the Club is optimistic he will return to football before the end of the season.

He is expected to return within four to six weeks.


Darcy Parish is eyeing off a return to play in around three weeks’ time as he progresses in his recovery from a calf injury.

Saad El-Hawli is also tracking well in his recovery from a syndesmosis injury, expected to return to action in 4-5 weeks time.

Kaine Baldwin Foot 5-6 weeks
Saad El-Hawli Ankle 4-5 weeks
Jaiden Hunter Knee Season
Darcy Parish Calf 3 weeks
Zach Reid Pectoral TBC
Sam Weideman Suspension Round 18


Michael Walters (hamstring) – test
Nathan O’Driscoll (knee) – test
Sebit Kuek (knee) – test
Max Knobel (calf) – test
Cooper Simpson (hip) – test
Tom Emmett (elbow) – test
Alex Pearce (arm) – 1-2 weeks
Ollie Murphy (abdomen) – 5-7 weeks
Oscar McDonald (knee) – 7-8 weeks
Josh Corbett (hip) – season


Ollie Henry will be available for selection this week.

Toby Conway is expected to be sidelined with a foot injury with the Cats to know the extent of the injury later this week.

Cameron Guthrie’s return will also be assessed this week as he continues his recovery from an achillies issue.

“Cam is getting assessed again today and looking forward to hopefully return soon.”

Tom Hawkins (foot) continues to work through the early stages of his recovery.

“Tom is going really well, he’s been at the Club and has commenced his rehab. We are expecting his return in about six weeks time, but things have progressed really well early on.”

Tanner Bruhn (scaphoid fracture) is two to four weeks away, while Oli Wiltshire (pelvis) is expected to return to football in one to two weeks.


Jarrod Witts

Scans have revealed Witts has sustained a fractured vertebrae and will be sidelined for this weekend’s match against North Melbourne as he recovers.

“Jarrod received a knee to the back during a marking contest midway through the last quarter against Collingwood,” GC SUNS Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull said.

“He went for scans on Monday and the results show a small fracture in his back. He will miss this week’s match and be assessed next week before determining a return to play.”

Malcolm Rosas Jnr will has recovered from his calf injury and will be available for selection this week.

Lachie Weller is just two weeks away from a return after his ACL injury last year.


Josh Kelly scans revealing a calf strain that will sideline him for four-to-five weeks.

It’s the opposite calf that kept him sidelined for four weeks from rounds 10-13.

Nick Haynes could return from a hamstring injury for this week’s clash with the Blues, with the veteran set to be tested at main training on Thursday.

Harry Rowston is managing a back issue and after missing last week’s VFL clash, will be sidelined indefinitely while the injury is managed.

Sam Taylor is targeting a return in the coming weeks after beginning running this week.


James Sicily – Shoulder – Test

“James had an incident with his shoulder on the weekend during the game and we didn’t put him back out there towards the end of the game, given the game’s situation as we. He’s reported in today and we’ve had a good look at him, and we’re going to we’ll have another look at him later in the week and we’ll make a call with his availability for the weekend.”

Chad Wingard – Calf – Test

“Chad’s started training towards the end of last week. He didn’t play last weekend, but he did some training during the week and had a good hit out over the weekend. Today he’s fully trained, and we’ve got another training session on Thursday. So I’d expect him to be available this weekend.”

Ned Reeves – Back – Available

“Ned trained last week, he actually fully trained on Friday but we made the decision in the end not to play on the weekend. We looked at the last month and how much training he’d done as well as his game time, given he was managing a back issue. So he’s got another week of training, some training over the weekend, fully train this weekend and play this weekend that’s our aim. Just gives him a much better preparation into a full game this weekend.”

Will McCabe –Back – Available

“Will McCabe is retuning this week, been saying it for a few weeks now but he’s now managed to string together a great body of work and some training sessions. So, we’re looking at playing Sunday in the VFL, it will be half a game. Really exciting though, it’s been a while, well we haven’t seen him out there playing this year so I’m sure there’s some excitement out there, but he’ll be playing this weekend.


Jake Melksham will make his long-awaited return to football this weekend after 310 days.

Harrison Petty “Harrison had some hamstring awareness at the back end of the game,” “He’s presented really well clinically, and we’ll continue to progress him through the week to give him the best chance to be available for this week’s game.”

Jake Bowey – optimistic that the defender would be fit to play this weekend.

Christian Salem was also ruled out of Round 16 following some lingering knee soreness. “He’ll integrate back into training this week, and we’ll give him every opportunity to be available for selection this week.”

Marty Hore

“Marty trained really strongly over the weekend,” Griffith said. “He’ll integrate into full training to be available for selection this week as well.”

Ben Brown

“Ben had a session on the weekend which went really well,” Griffith said. “He’ll train on Thursday, and we’ll get a clearer picture on his availability following that training session this week.”

Charlie Spargo (Achilles) and Christian Petracca (spleen) are both continuing to progress through their respective rehab schedules.


Zac Fisher

“Zac had an incident where he twisted his foot in the second quarter,” North Melbourne head of performance Kevin White told NMFC Media.

“He presented with a midfoot sprain which was sore Sunday but is steadily progressing, so we’ll assess his function at the back end of the week to determine his availability.”

George Wardlaw is a week away from returning, having entered AFL concussion protocols following a training incident last Thursday.

Wil Dawson and Blake Drury are also closing in on comebacks. Both one week away..

Griffin Logue and Colby McKercher both made it through increased gametime in the VFL over the weekend.

The pair had a light session on Tuesday and will both look to press their case for selection on Thursday during main training.


Todd Marshall Scans have cleared him of muscle injury and is expected to be available for this week.

Lachie Jones sustained a mild sprain of the lateral ligament in his knee, with the defender to be assessed throughout the week.

Willie Rioli (illness) will be available this weekend, while Jase Burgoyne (hamstring) is recovering positively and will be tested at training.

Esava Ratugolea has been ruled out of Saturday’s game, as he rehabilitates a hamstring strain sustained during training on Thursday.

Kyle Marshall is expected to exit concussion protocols later this week, and Ryan Burton (foot) has started running and will progress back into training next week.


Dustin Martin (back soreness) will be further monitored throughout the week before a call is made on his availability for the trip to Perth.

Dion Prestia, Samson Ryan and Jacob Bauer are all tracking towards being available for Round 18, with Bauer suffering a rib injury in the third quarter of the weekend’s VFL match.

Tom Lynch (hamstring) is one-to-two weeks away from a return.

Campbell Gray will be unavailable for the next eight weeks after suffering a significant hamstring injury in the late stages of Sunday’s VFL win over Carlton.

Samson Ryan, ankle (1 week)

Dion Prestia, calf (1 week)

Jacob Bauer, ribs (1 week)

Tom Lynch, hamstring (1-2 weeks)

Marlion Pickett, calf (2-3 weeks)

Maurice Rioli, ankle (2-3 weeks)

Jack Ross, foot (3-5 weeks)

Liam Fawcett, back (4-6 weeks)

Campbell Gray, hamstring (8 weeks)

Mate Colina, back (TBA)

Dylan Grimes, back (season)

Mykelti Lefau, knee, (season)

Tylar Young, knee, (season)

Sam Naismith, knee (season)

Josh Gibcus, knee (season)

Judson Clarke, knee (season)


Max King will miss the remainder of the 2024 season as he recovers from a Posterior Cruciate Ligament tear.

Anthony Caminiti Ankle TBC
Brad Crouch Knee TBC
Paddy Dow Ankle Test
Jack Hayes Knee TBC
Max King Knee Season
James Van Es Ankle Season


Callum Mills

Callum continues to train fully with the AFL team. He will be a test to play next week.

Angus Sheldrick

Angus’s recovery from his ankle ligament is coming along well. He is a test to play this week.

Harry Arnold

Harry is showing good improvement in team training and will require two weeks of training before returning to play.

Pete Ladhams

Pete has recommenced skill work and will be progressed to team training this week.

Jack Buller

Jack Buller remains on light duties. He has commenced cross training and strength work

Harry Cunningham

Harry sustained a low-grade hamstring strain in the game against Fremantle. He has commenced conditioning and strength work but is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.


Jeremy McGovern (thumb), Matt Flynn (ankle) and Jake Waterman (leg) are aiming to take on the Demons after sustaining injuries in the loss to Hawthorn.

“Matt Flynn rolled his ankle on the weekend so we took him out of the game. It’s only an ankle sprain so he’ll be a test this week but we’ll know more information later in the week,” High Performance Manager Mat Inness

“’Gov’ had an x-ray on his thumb, luckily there’s no break, so he’ll be a test again later in the week.

“Jake got a boot to the back of his leg, which actually cut open the back of his leg just behind the knee. He was stitched up and kept playing the game but he’ll be a test later in the week.”

Rhett Bazzo Groin 1 week
Matt Flynn Ankle Test
Elijah Hewett Foot 1 week
Callum Jamieson Knee TBC
Noah Long Knee Season
Jeremy McGovern Hand Test
Jack Petruccelle Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Dom Sheed Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Jake Waterman Leg Test


Taylor Duryea remains a test after he  was subbed out of the match against the Kangaroos with foot soreness, but scans have revealed no major damage.

Alex Keath and Jason Johannisen remain a fortnight away with hamstring injuries.

Taylor Duryea Foot Test
Ryan Gardner Wrist 7-9 weeks
Jason Johannisen Hamstring 2 weeks
Alex Keath Hamstring 2-3 weeks
Bailey Smith Knee Season

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