Injuries – Round 3

Written by Chaos Theory on March 26 2024


Zac Taylor (concussion protocol)
Rory Sloane (eye) TBC
Harry Schoenberg (Achilles) 4-6 weeks
Nick Murray (knee) 8-10 weeks
Riley Thilthorpe (knee) 3-4 months


Conor McKenna– hamstring – 3 weeks

Zane Zakostelsky– groin – 6-7 weeks

Carter Michael – knee – 7 weeks

Will Ashcroft – knee – TBC

Keidean Coleman – knee – season


Jacob Weitering (calf)

– In full training
– Available for selection this week

Caleb Marchbank (illness)

– In full training
– Available for selection this week

Jesse Motlop (toe)

– In full training
– Available for selection this week

Sam Walsh (back)

– Returning to full training next week
– Availability: 2-3 weeks

Jack Martin (hamstring)

– Experienced a low-grade hamstring strain at training on Monday
– Will be unavailable for selection this week

Matthew Carroll (groin)

– Continuing on his modified program
– Return to play will be further assessed in Round 7

Alex Mirkov (conditioning)

– Entered a modified program to increase his conditioning
– Availability: Indefinite – will be reassessed in Round 6


Nathan Kreuger has progressed well in his recovery from a hamstring injury suffered during the pre-season, achieving a number of important rehabilitation milestones over the last number of weeks. The 24-year-old is on track for a return to playing in the week of Round Five should he continue to meet a number of speed markers, a key measure in the recovery of hamstring injuries.

Oscar Steene remains within the 12-stage concussion protocol after a knock to the face suffered during a pre-season VFL practice match. In the same incident he suffered a facial fracture, an injury he has now been cleared of.

Harry DeMattia has been narrowed down to between Rounds Nine and Ten, after the initial timeline of between Rounds Eight and Eleven. After a follow up with the surgeon at the six-week mark of his injury, the first year Magpie is now without his hand brace and can focus in on his rehabilitation which includes ball handling.

Initial diagnosis expected DeMattia to be out for twelve weeks, but if he can complete ball handling and grip strength measures over the next two weeks, and return to training after that, it may look like a nine-to-ten-week total recovery time.

Josh Eyre is back running and continues to ramp up his intensity as he recovers from the hamstring injury he sustained during pre-season. After returning to 75% speed, the 21-year-old will focus on the intensity of his running over the coming weeks as he eyes a return between Rounds Eight and Eleven.

Nathan Murphy is continuing to work through his return to play from concussion, with a focus on building confidence. The defender has been able to complete some team training, as well as normal gym work and running loads.

Dan McStay has progressed from two running sessions a week, to three running sessions a week in his return from an ACL Injury. The 28-year-old is making strong progress in gymnastics and agility work, including with his change of direction. His rehabilitation is a criteria-based process, meaning that once McStay meets one marker, he moves onto the next criteria in recovery, with no ceiling placed on his return to play.


Darcy Parish Hamstring Test
Jake Kelly Illness Test
Andrew McGrath Ankle Test
Will Setterfield Knee Test
Dylan Shiel Abductor Test
Jordan Ridley Quad 1 week
Matt Guelfi Calf 1-2 weeks
Tex Wanganeen Navicular 3 weeks
Zach Reid Hamstring 4 weeks
Kaine Baldwin Navicular stress 11 weeks
Jaiden Hunter ACL Season


Sean Darcy (knee) “Sean has begun his on-field running program – all is going well so he is two-to-three weeks away,”

Nat Fyfe was subbed out at three-quarter-time in Freo’s win over North Melbourne at the weekend, with Merriman confirming the move was tactical only with an opportunity to manage the dual Brownlow-medallist’s workload.

“Nat has just had more than a couple of big weeks, and it was a good chance for us to manage Nat – but he’ll be ready to go this week,”

Heath Chapman (hamstring) – 1 week
Nathan O’Driscoll (knee) – 1 week
Karl Worner (concussion) – 1 week
Ethan Stanley (ankle) – 1 week
Sean Darcy (knee) – 2-3 weeks
Corey Wagner (calf) – 4-5 weeks
Brennan Cox (hamstring) – 11-13 weeks
Oscar McDonald (knee) – TBC
Odin Jones (concussion) – TBC
Josh Corbett (hip) – Season
Sebit Kuek (knee) – Season


Tom Atkins Adductor Available

Jack Bowes Calf contusion Available

Tanner Bruhn Foot Test

George Stevens Ankle/knee 1-2 Weeks

Patrick Dangerfield Hamstring 2 Weeks

Joe Furphy Ankle 3 Weeks

Gary Rohan Back 2-4 Weeks

Mitch Edwards Back 5 Weeks

Cam Guthrie Quad 4-6 Weeks


Bailey Humphrey Shoulder TBC
Lloyd Johnston Hamstring 3 weeks
Malcolm Rosas jnr Suspension Round 4
Lachie Weller Knee 12+ weeks
Jarrod Witts Groin TBC


Joe Fonti Adductor 1 week
Braydon Preuss Back 1-2 weeks
Callan Ward Shoulder 4-5 weeks
Isaac Cumming Calf 5-6 weeks
James Leake Quad 5-7 weeks
Nathan Wardius Shin 5-7 weeks
Phoenix Gothard Illness TBC
Adam Kennedy Knee TBC


James Blanck Knee Season
Will Day Foot 5 weeks
Denver Grainger-Barras Toe 8-10 weeks
Changkuoth Jiath Hamstring 4 weeks
Will McCabe Back TBC
Jack O’Sullivan Foot Test
Cooper Stephens Achilles Test
Chad Wingard Achilles 6 weeks


Ollie Sestan Concussion Test
Jake Lever Knee Test
Steven May Ribs 1 week
Lachie Hunter Calf 1 week
Daniel Turner Hip 2 – 3 weeks
Charlie Spargo Achilles 2 – 4 weeks
Shane McAdam Hamstring 3 – 5 weeks
Jake Bowey Shoulder 7 weeks
Jake Melksham Knee 12 – 14 weeks


Miller Bergman Jaw 4-6 weeks
Josh Goater Achilles Season
Cooper Harvey Syndesmosis 6 weeks
Griffin Logue Knee 10-12 weeks


Lachie Jones (corked calf) – test
Jed McEntee (concussion) – test
Jason-Horne-Francis (hamstring) – 1 week
Tom McCallum (ankle) – 3-4 weeks
Ollie Lord (knee/tibia) – 6-8 weeks
Hugh Jackson (hip) – 11-13 weeks


Jacob Hopper, knee

“(Hopper) pulled up quite sore after the Carlton game (Round 1). We thought we would give him every chance to be available for Port Adelaide, but as the week progressed, it became clear after a scan that he needed an arthroscope on his knee. He’s looking like missing around about four weeks.”

Nathan Broad, calf soreness

“Similar to (Hopper), Nathan was a little bit sore post-game against Carlton and as the week progressed, it just became too risky to play him. We’re really confident he’ll be available this week.”

Maurice Rioli, back

“‘MJ’ hurt his back during the first warm up. It’s on the minor side, we’re pretty confident he will be available this week.”

Tylar Young, concussion protocols

“Tylar’s feeling really good. He’s going to train fully this week and be available (for the Sydney game).”

James Trezise, ankle

“(The incident happened) halfway through the third quarter. James is actually quite lucky he didn’t snap his leg. He’s suffered a moderate syndesmosis injury. He’s in a moon boot now and he’ll progress into running in a couple of weeks’ time and be available in around about a month.”

Jack Graham, quad

“Jack’s going to join in some drills this week, and it’s looking like Gather Round back in Adelaide will be when Jack returns.”

Josh Gibcus, knee

“From all reports (his ACL surgery went) really well. He’s already starting to set goals, and he’s looking forward to getting back into the Club and attacking his rehab.”

Dion Prestia, hamstring

“Dion’s going really well. He’s running, he’s actually as determined as I’ve ever seen him to return. Things are looking good and we can’t wait to see him back out there.”


Tylar Young, concussion protocols

Nathan Broad, calf soreness

Mathew Coulthard, illness

Maurice Rioli, back


Jack Graham, quad (1-2 weeks)

James Trezise, ankle (4-6 weeks)

Jacob Hopper, knee (4-6 weeks)

Dion Prestia, hamstring (8 weeks)

Liam Fawcett, back (TBC – Long Term)

Mate Colina, back (TBC – Long Term)

Josh Gibcus, knee (season)


Paddy Dow Knee 1-2 weeks
Jack Hayes Knee 1-2 weeks
Hunter Clark Calf 3-4 weeks
James Van Es Ankle 3-4 weeks
Dougal Howard Hamstring 3-4 weeks
Mason Wood Collarbone 4-6 weeks
Matthew Allison Knee 6-8 weeks
Brad Crouch Knee 6-8 weeks
Liam Henry Hamstring 6-8 weeks
Ben Paton Pectoral 10-12 weeks


Harry Cunningham

Harry is recovering well from the concussion he sustained against Essendon. He will not play this weekend against Richmond in line with the AFL’s concussion guidelines.

Robbie Fox

Robbie’s minor calf injury has progressed well and is a test to play this weekend.

Luke Parker

Parker’s broken arm is healing well and is expected to be re-assessed by his specialist in two weeks’ time. 

Callum Mills

Callum remains on target for a mid-season return from his shoulder injury.

Taylor Adams

Taylor is progressing well from his knee injury. He will recommence team training this week and will be a test to play this weekend.

Harry Arnold

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

Angus Sheldrick

Angus’ finger injury is healing well. He will miss 1-2 weeks.


Oscar Allen Knee TBC
Rhett Bazzo Groin TBC
Jai Culley Knee 1-2 weeks
Harry Edwards Finger Test
Matt Flynn Knee 6-8 weeks
Elijah Hewett Foot TBC
Archer Reid Knee 4-6 weeks
Liam Ryan Hamstring 1-3 weeks
Dom Sheed Foot 2-3 weeks


James O’Donnell Concussion Test
Jordan Croft Shins Test
Ed Richards Concussion TBC
Ryan Gardner Foot 3-4 weeks
Nick Coffield Shoulder 12-14 weeks
Aiden O’Driscoll Concussion Indefinite
Bailey Smith ACL Season



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3 thoughts on “Injuries – Round 3”

  1. Rumours around these parts are saying that Sam Walsh is no certainty to come back in 2 weeks and no guarantee to last. I have heard they are struggling to fix his back injury.



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