Injuries – Round 18

Written by Chaos Theory on July 9 2024


Mitch Hinge is expected to return in Round 19.

“He was managing a little bit of adductor soreness going into the game, and to be honest he was happy to keep going, but we really wanted to insert Zac Taylor into the game so he was the obvious one to take out,” High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said.

“It’s more than likely we will manage him through this week and he will miss the game against St Kilda, but it will only be one week and he will be back for the Essendon game.”

Luke Pedlar’s season is over after he injured his shoulder in Sunday’s SANFL win over Central District.

“Luke subluxed his shoulder on the weekend, he has been playing with a few shoulder issues, so he will have surgery on Thursday and will mean his season ends unfortunately,”

Will Hamill is recovering from finger surgery last week and expected to miss another two games.

“Will scanned his finger during the week and we discovered a fracture there that needed some surgery,”

Mitch Hinge (adductor) 1 week

Karl Gallagher (hamstring) 2 weeks

Will Hamill (finger) 2 weeks

Josh Worrell (arm) 2-4 weeks

Luke Pedlar (shoulder) season

Matt Crouch (shoulder) season

Patrick Parnell (shoulder) season

Wayne Milera (knee) season


Brandon Starcevich has entered concussion protocols

Noah Answerth is showing strong progress as he recovers from a dislocated shoulder and could be available for next week


Jacob Weitering (cork)
• Experienced a cork to the quad in first quarter against GWS
• Availability: Test

Tom De Koning (ankle)
• Experienced a rolled ankle in first quarter of the game against GWS
• Availability: Test

Jack Martin (calf)
• Availability: Test

Hudson O’Keeffe (hamstring)
• Availability: Test

Sam Docherty (knee)
• Has been able to progress to the next stage of his rehabilitation (non-contact, light skills training)
• Will continue to work through this phase of his recovery over the coming months




Darcy Cameron

Darcy Cameron will be available to play on Friday night against Geelong having sustained a knock to his ribs during the Pies’ Round 17 match against Essendon.

Cameron was taken to hospital after the match as a precaution and was cleared of any serious damage.

Jeremy Howe

Jeremy Howe experienced hamstring awareness at training today.

The 34-year-old was sent for a precautionary scan and was cleared of any damage. He will be available for Friday night’s game against Geelong.


Jamie Elliott

Jamie Elliott has progressed well through his recovery from a vascular issue.

Over a three-week block of training, he has increased his running loads and has been cleared to start full contact training.

Elliott will need to complete training on Wednesday to determine his availability for Friday night’s match.

Oleg Markov

Oleg Markov will be assessed ahead of Friday night’s game having sustained a minor adductor strain during Collingwood’s Round 17 match.

Markov sustained the injury during the opening minutes of last Friday’s game and was sent for a precautionary scan after pulling up sore after the match.

The 28-year-old will look to complete straight line running early in the week. He will need to get through main training on Wednesday to determine his availability for Friday night’s game.

John Noble

John Noble continues to progress through the AFL’s concussion protocols having sustained a knock to the head in a marking contest during Collingwood’s Round 16 match against the Gold Coast SUNS.

The 27-year-old has remained symptom free since the incident and has had no setbacks.

The Club expects Noble to be available for selection for Friday night’s match.

Isaac Quaynor

Isaac Quaynor will be assessed ahead of Friday night’s game after sustaining a toe injury during the Pies’ Round 17 match.

Quaynor jammed his toe during the match and was unable to run at full capacity. He was unable to train today.

The 24-year-old will be assessed at training on Wednesday to determine his availability for 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 the Club is hopeful he can return to running by the end of the week.

Josh Carmichael

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

He continues to be supported by the Club’s and AFL’s medical teams.

Mason Cox

Mason Cox continues to focus on rehabilitating his knee.

The 33-year-old has completed straight line running and contact drills. He will need to complete some ruck jumping drills before he can return to match play and is expected to commence this during the week.

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

Josh Eyre

Josh Eyre has entered the AFL concussion protocols after sustaining a concussion during Collingwood’s Round 15 VFL match on Sunday.

Eyre will work his way through the protocols.

Beau McCreery

Beau McCreery continues to work through his rehab program for a soleus calf injury.

McCreery is responding well to gymnastics work at the Club and will look to start running at the back end of this week.

The 23-year-old is expected to be sidelined for three to five weeks.

Dan McStay

Dan McStay is nearing his way closer to a return from an ACL injury.

After being cleared to train a few weeks back, the 28-year-old has completed a solid three-to-four-week block of training. He has been focusing on building his fitness and minutes on-field during this period.

Key Club doctors, physios and the Head of High-Performance will work closely to determine McStay’s return to play.

Brody Mihocek

Brody Mihocek will miss the remainder of the 2024 home-and-away season after scans over the weekend confirmed a rupture of his pectoral tendon.

The 31-year-old sustained the injury during the final quarter of Friday night’s game against Essendon at the MCG.

Mihocek has undergone successful surgery and will now focus on his recovery before commencing a rehab program. Recovery for the injury is expected to be between 10 to 12 weeks.

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 is currently working through three running sessions a week. His focus is on building his fitness in order to be determined fit for match play.

Mitchell is expected to return in two to four weeks.

Wil Parker

Wil Parker continues to recover from his knee injury.

The 21-year-old sustained a slight meniscus tear to his knee in the Pies’ VFL Round 12 match.

He will move into change of direction running this week and is expected to return within one to two weeks.

Jakob Ryan

Jakob Ryan continues to work through his calf injury.

Ryan has started running indoors and is responding well to his current rehab program. He will now focus on moving into running outdoors.

He 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 is building his running loads with a couple of sessions a week. The Club remains optimistic that he will return to VFL before the end of the season.

He is expected to return within four to six weeks.


Darcy Parish is hopeful of a return in two weeks’ time as he continues his return from a niggling calf injury.

Saad El-Hawli is looking at a return to play in around four weeks, currently rebuilding his calf and foot strength as he recovers from a syndesmosis injury.

Kaine Baldwin is about five weeks away from competitive action following a recurrence of his navicular stress fracture a few weeks ago. He has commenced reloading of the joint, and will commence gradual reintroduction to running over the next couple of weeks.


Alex Pearce will be a test to play

Sean Darcy Concussion protocols

Joshua Draper would likely be available for selection. “He (Draper) got a contusion to his groin area, but everything has checked out well,”

Brandon Walker will also be a test to play following a week on the sideline with a shoulder injury.

Nathan O’Driscoll and Sebit Kuek both made successful returns to the playing at the weekend after long stints on the sidelines recovering from knee injuries.

Josh Draper (groin) – test
Alex Pearce (forearm) – test
Brandon Walker (shoulder) – test
Sean Darcy (concussion) – 1 week
Ollie Murphy (abdomen) – 5-7 weeks
Oscar McDonald (knee) – 6-7 weeks
Josh Corbett (hip) – season


Toby Conway will be unavailable this weekend

“Toby has had an issue with his foot that kept him out on the weekend. We’re still investigating the diagnosis and next steps, but he won’t be available this week,” Geelong Cats Assistant General Manager of Football Brett Johnson said.

“We’ll know more what that looks like beyond this weekend soon.”

Cameron Guthrie achilles “The timeline on Cam’s return is still unclear. We’re continuing to assess his progress, and will have a clearer idea on his return to play timeframe within the next week or two,”

Rhys Stanley will be available for selection after overcoming a minor back/hip complaint that saw him sidelined last week.

Mitch Edwards (back) and Emerson Jeka (achilles) are a test to be available.

Tanner Bruhn (scaphoid fracture), Oli Wiltshire (pelvis) and Tom Hawkins (foot) are all continuing to work through their respective rehabilitation programs.

“Tanner is tracking really well with his rehab coming back from his wrist injury, he’s one-to-two weeks away,” Johnson said.

“Hawkins is progressing well with his rehab as well.”


Touk Miller

GC SUNS Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull said the skipper would be sidelined for the next four weeks.

“Touk was sent for scans on Monday which have shown he has sustained a small fracture to his wrist,” Bull said.

“We expect Touk to be unavailable in the short term as he allows time for his wrist to heal.”

Jarrod Witts sustained a fractured vertebrae in Round 16 and is a test to play this weekend.

Sam Day was unable to finish the match against North Melbourne after succumbing to a plantar fascia issue in his foot and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

Levi Casboult sustained a hamstring injury In the VFL,which will see him unavailable for 4-6 weeks.

Ethan Read also underwent scans on a leg injury which has shown a small fracture, with a timeline for his return to be determined in due course.

Lachie Weller has continued to train fully with the group and is eyeing off a return to play in Round 19.


Lachie Ash is expected to return for Sunday’s game.

Sam Taylor is progressing well in his rehab following a serious groin injury sustained in round 14.

He will progress to modified training this week as he eyes off a return in two-to-three weeks’ time.

Josh Kelly is tracking well following a second calf injury and will return to running this week.

Cooper Hamilton and Nick Madden continue to advance in their rehab following long-term ankle injuries.


James Sicily – Shoulder – Test

“Yeah progressing really well. His strength measures have improved each session, each time we’ve tested them. We had him out there today doing all of our drills, so the plan of attack for Thursday is to fully train this Thursday and then we’ll make an assessment off the back of main training for his availability on the weekend”

Jack Ginnivan – Knee – Test

“Jack just presented with some soreness around his knee, it was a little bit unclear what we were dealing with. He did a running session last Thursday and was in a little bit of discomfort, further scans showed he actually had a very small hairline fracture at the top of his fibular, it’s not a crack through the fibular, it’s the top, a very small crack. So this will all be based on function and how he feels, and they usually turn around very quickly. He’s progressed a little bit since last week but we expect it to improve quite quickly over the next week, whether that means he’ll be training this Thursday and playing on the weekend, we’ll have to wait and see on Thursday. But I would say if it’s not this week it’ll be definitely next week but he’s improving.”

Calsher Dear – Ribs – Test

“Yeah really good, he’s just played a lot of AFL this year and it’s just added up somewhat over the weeks and he was just sore, so we made the decision to give him a break last week and get rid of those sore spots and recover really well. He’s trained today, he’ll train again on Thursday and I expect him to be available providing all goes well on Thursday.”

Mitch Lewis – Knee – Season

“Obviously devastating for him and everyone around him, but particularly Mitch himself, he’s dealt with a bit in his previous history. So it’s an ACL injury, we’re going to get some further advice from specialists later in the week and what that actually means moving forward, so we’ll keep everyone up to date with that. Earlier last year he dealt with an ACL sprain issue, that was his other leg so this is a completely new injury, a different injury all together, it’s just horrible luck and he hasn’t had much of it. Our thoughts are with him, the club’s thoughts are with him, everyone’s thoughts are with him and you know we’ve just got to wrap our arms around him and support him as best we can and look forward to a strong rehab over the next period of time.”


Max Gawn will be sidelined for two to three weeks.

“Scans have today shown that Max has sustained a chip to the base of his right fibula,” Richardson said.

“While this is disappointing news for Max, fortunately he won’t require surgery.

 “It’s about swelling management, getting his function back and we’ll have more information over the coming days on his progression.”

Harrison Petty  hamstring awareness and will need to successfully complete a fitness test if he’s to be available this weekend.

Ben Brown will also need to get through training this week after experiencing some knee soreness last week.

“Ben trained with the group on main training, following that he just had some swelling and discomfort with his knee,” Griffith said.

“So, we chose for the best course of action for him to rest over the weekend. He’ll integrate into training, and we’ll look to make a call following training tomorrow.”


George Wardlaw will face a test later in the week

Zac Fisher (foot) and Miller Bergman (ankle sprain) also face tests ahead of Round 18.

“Zac has made great progress in recovering from that midfoot sprain suffered against the Dogs, after failing to clear availability last Thursday,” White said.

“He had a positive running session on-ground on Saturday morning and progressed into group training this morning.

“Miller’s swelling has come down each day since the sprain and he completed a strong running session on-field today.”

Wil Dawson and Blake Drury will both be available for selection this week after overcoming their respective complaints.


Esava Ratugolea and Ryan Burton trained fully with the group on Tuesday, while Josh Sinn is expected re-join on Thursday.

All three will be assessed as the week progresses to prove their fitness for selection.

Trent McKenzie will spend another week on the sidelines rehabilitating a hamstring strain, but is expected to fully train next week.

Ivan Soldo continues to manage some knee soreness.  3 weeks


Dion Prestia, Samson Ryan and Jacob Bauer are in the mix to return for the Tigers this Sunday.

Prestia (calf), Ryan (ankle) and Bauer (ribs) will need to get through main training on Thursday in order to prove their fitness and be in consideration for Sunday’s AFL and VFL fixtures.

Dustin Martin (back) also remains a test for Richmond’s Round 18

Tom Lynch is currently two-to-three weeks away as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury suffered in Round 14.

Maurice Rioli (ankle) and Marlion Pickett (calf) are tracking towards returning in the next one-to-two weeks.


Marcus Windhager will miss at least four weeks after scans yesterday confirmed a right hamstring strain.

Anthony Caminiti is expected to be unavailable for two to three weeks as he recovers from an ankle injury. Max King has commenced the early steps of his knee recovery.

Paddy Dow (ankle) and Riley Bonner (foot) will both be tested at training this week after their respective injuries precluded them from action over the weekend.


Callum Mills

Callum has completed a block of training and will return to play this weekend.

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 be a test to play this week.

Pete Ladhams

Pete completed rehab skills last week and will recommence contact this week for a test to play.

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 commenced running last week and will complete team skills this week.


Jeremy McGovern has suffered a minor punctured lung and fractured rib.

McGovern was unable to fly home with the team on Sunday evening after being sent to hospital for scans.

He was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening but remains in Melbourne with a club staff member and will do so until medically cleared for air travel.

“The club is working on arrangements for Jeremy to return home as soon as possible following medical advice,” General Manager Football Gavin Bell said.

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


Cody Weightman and Alex Keath remain a chance to return.

Liam Jones will miss another week due to a medial ligament injury in his knee.

James Harmes and Kelsey Rypstra will miss 3-4 weeks after injuries to their hamstrings.

Jason Johannisen has had a further setback and will miss at least the next month.

James O’Donnell and Aaron Naughton both suffered concussions over the weekend and will be monitored over the next 10 days.

Jordan Croft will miss an extended period with a bone overload to his thigh.



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4 thoughts on “Injuries – Round 18”

    1. Surely this is best of 18 round right? Just too much carnage to be a normal round…
      That is Funny Bunny…OR…
      some consideration please for those of us suffering thru these serious injury times…This is not a laughing matter Emma!


  1. Darcy Cameron will be available to play on Friday night
    Cox is expected to return in one to two weeks’ time.

    Makes me very questionable on Kreuger. Won’t be solo ruck this week and then could be dropped next week if Cox is only one week.

    Nervous about my decision with Gawn here


  2. Mc Govern has been listed as 1 week according to the AFL app. Any ideas if this is likely to be true or will he miss more games?



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