Injuries – Round 6

Written by Chaos Theory on April 16 2024


Harry Schoenberg (achilles) test

Rory Sloane (eye) TBC

Lachlan Murphy (knee) 1-2 weeks

Jordan Butts (hamstring) 1-3 weeks

Nick Murray (knee) 5-7 weeks

Riley Thilthorpe (knee) 3 months

Patrick Parnell (shoulder) season. Patrick Parnell will undergo surgery today and miss the remainder of the season after he suffered a shoulder injury in Adelaide’s Round Five match against Melbourne.

Wayne Milera (knee) season


Zac Bailey reported ankle soreness following the Lions win over the Demons, with scans revealing a high ankle sprain.

The club is seeking further medical advice, however, it’s expected Bailey will miss four to six weeks.

Zane Zakostelsky – 2 weeks

Carter Michael – knee – 4 weeks

Will Ashcroft – knee – TBC

Tom Doedee – knee – season

Keidean Coleman – knee – season


Mitch McGovern (hamstring)

– Low-grade hamstring strain
– Availability: 1-2 weeks

Adam Saad (hamstring)

– Medium-grade hamstring strain
– Availability: 6 weeks

Adam Cerra (hamstring)

– Low-grade hamstring strain
– Availability: 1-2 weeks

Lachie Fogarty (wrist)

– Does not require surgery on his fractured wrist
– Timeline expected to be confirmed next week

Caleb Marchbank (back)

– Continuing to recover from a transverse process fracture sustained in a heavy collision in Round 3
– Unavailable for selection this week, timeline to be further assessed next week

David Cuningham (calf)

– Unavailable for selection this week
– Will be further assessed next week

Jesse Motlop (hamstring)

– Sustained a further hamstring injury in recent days
– Availability: 4-5 weeks

Billy Wilson (concussion)

– Entered concussion protocols during VFL game on Sunday

Dom Akuei (concussion)

– Entered concussion protocols during VFL game on Sunday

Alex Mirkov (conditioning)

• Will be available for selection this week


Nathan Murphy Retired. Following careful consideration, together with the advice of the medical concussion panel convened by the AFL, the decision was made for the defender to medically retire from Australian Football.

Scott Pendlebury will be assessed before a call is made on his selection this week, as the 388 gamer recovers from broken ribs suffered in the Magpies’ Gather Round victory over Hawthorn.

Collingwood’s Round Five bye has allowed Pendlebury extra time in his recovery, and the 36-year-old has bounced back well into training this week, completing this morning’s session, including contact drills, without any duress.

Should Pendlebury complete training later this week and is able to sustain hard, contact drills, the midfielder should be available for selection.

Oscar Steene is set for time on the sidelines after suffering a dislocated toe in Sunday’s VFL victory over Carlton – the clash was Steene’s first of the season after returning from concussion.  The re-emergence of the toe injury he has previously suffered, means the 201cm will work through a surgical review to determine a course of short term or long-term action.

Steene won’t train this week until the outcomes of the surgical review are worked through, with a further update on his return to play to be provided next week.

Jakob Ryan has returned to the Club and begun running after recovering from a viral illness. In the same week he also sustained a hand injury.  The recovery period for his hand injury is short term but has been prolonged due to illness and lack of running and cardio training. The defender is expected to be two to three weeks away from returning.

After initially being cleared to return from a hamstring injury, Nathan Kreuger has been sidelined with a minor calf tear. The forward has had 10 days off running and will now ramp up his running load with an aim to return to play either next week or the following week in Round Eight.

The timeline to return for young midfielder Harry DeMattia has been brought forward, as the 2023 draftee recovers from his finger injury. From a surgical point of view, the 18-year-old has been cleared to return to functional training including tackling.

The focus now turns to ensure he can complete all aspects of tackling and tackling drills confidently and safely. The midfielder is expected to be cleared to play either next week or in Round Eight.

Josh Eyre is making steady progress building his running speed as he returns from a pre-season hamstring injury.

The 21-year-old is participating in some fundamental football drills at training as well as some open field drills, and remains two to three weeks away from returning to full training. Once Eyre completes at least two weeks of full training, he will be cleared to play.

After completing a big four-week block of training, Dan McStay is on a down load period as he continues his rehabilitation from an ACL injury. McStay has been completing some fundamental drills at training, including leading patterns with the forward line group and open field kicking drills.

The forward is completing agility at a high level but will remain in non-contact drills for another six to 10 weeks.


Matt Guelfi Calf 1 week
Will Setterfield Knee 1-2 weeks
Jye Menzie Shoulder 2-3 weeks
Zach Reid Hamstring 2-3 weeks
Archie Perkins Hamstring 2-3 weeks
Jordan Ridley Quad 4-5 weeks
Kaine Baldwin Navicular stress 8-9 weeks
Jaiden Hunter ACL Season

Dylan Shiel made a successful return from an oblique strain via the VFL last Friday, accumulating 18 disposals and six clearances on managed minutes against Footscray.

Tex Wanganeen was another who returned through the reserves after a lengthy layoff from foot surgery, playing the second half of the game.

Jye Menzie is set to miss the next two weeks after injuring his shoulder early in the Bombers’ round five win over the Bulldogs.

The 21-year-old played out the rest of Friday’s game following the knock, but has pulled up quite sore and will be unavailable in the short-term.

Matt Guelfi is recovering well from the calf strain that’s sidelined him since round two.

The pressure forward is hoping to be available to play on Anzac Day, pending how he gets through training over the coming fortnight.


Sam Switkowski placed in concussion protocols. “Sam passed all the SCAT tests on the night of the game and obviously finished the game but unfortunately he had a few minor symptoms on Monday,” Merriman said.

Merriman said that Sean Darcy was close to making his return to football last weekend, but the decision was made to give the ruckman an extra week in recovery.

“The plan is to have Sean back this week, he has been really good over the past few weeks and was really close last week,” Merriman said.

“We just wanted him to get through a couple more hurdles this week and we expect to see him play (against West Coast).

Corey Wagner and Pat Voss are both likely to play at WAFL level with Peel this weekend after working through calf concerns.

Michael Frederick (hamstring) – test
Nathan O’Driscoll (knee) – test
Karl Worner (concussion) – test
Sean Darcy (knee) – test
Corey Wagner (calf) – test
Pat Voss (calf) – test
Sam Switkowski (concussion) – 1 week
Conrad Williams (foot) – 1-2 weeks
Brennan Cox (hamstring) – 9-11 weeks
Oscar McDonald (knee) – 14-18 weeks
Odin Jones (concussion) – TBC
Josh Corbett (hip) – Season
Sebit Kuek (knee) – Season


Patrick Dangerfield is expected to play.

Tom Hawkins (managed) and Jake Kolodjashnij (managed) also expected to be available for the trip to Brisbane.

Gary Rohan made a successful return via the VFL on Sunday in his first game for 2024 after a back complaint delayed his start to the season.

Cam Guthrie Quad 1-3 weeks
Joe Furphy Ankle 1 week
Mitch Edwards Back 2 weeks


Sandy Brock has been cleared to play after fracturing his forearm in the VFL

Jy Farrar Thumb 1 week
Lloyd Johnston Hamstring 1 week
Malcolm Rosas Hamstring 8+ weeks
Lachie Weller Knee 12+ weeks


Stephen Coniglio has avoided a serious knee injury and is set to miss two games.

Sam Taylor concussion. After being knocked out he was taken to Canberra Hospital for assessment and was cleared of any serious injury before returning to Sydney later that evening and is currently following the concussion protocols under the guidance of the GWS’ medical staff.

Stephen Coniglio Knee 2 weeks
Isaac Cumming Calf 2-3 weeks
James Leake Quad 2-4 weeks
Nathan Wardius Shin 2-4 weeks
Adam Kennedy Knee TBC


Hawthorn High Performance Manager Peter Burge said Mitch Lewis needed to complete a final training block on Friday in order to be available for selection.

Changkuoth Jiath Hamstring Test

Mitch Lewis Knee Test

Will Day Foot Unavailable 1 week

Ned Reeves     Concussion Unavailable  1 week

Luke Breust Groin Unavailable 2 weeks

Chad Wingard  Achilles Unavailable  2 weeks

Josh Bennetts  Concussion  Unavailable  2 weeks

Nick Watson Ankle Unavailable 2-4 weeks

Denver Grainger-Barras Toe Unavailable 4-5 weeks

Will McCabe  Back Unavailable  8-10 weeks

James Blanck Knee Unavailable  Season


Christian Salem Following scans, it was confirmed last week that the defender had suffered a hamstring strain.

“He’s got a moderate-grade hamstring strain. He’s progressed to some drills and some of our primary stage rehab at the moment.

“It’s likely that he’ll miss four to six weeks, but as we progress him through, we’ll get more clarity on that [timeline].”

 Clayton Oliver had undergone minor surgery on his finger, a planned procedure that was the recommended course of action.

“Clayton has been managing a finger issue for the last couple of weeks,” Griffith said.

“Based on some of the advice we’ve been given, the best thing for that [injury] was to operate.

“He’s recovering now and once we get the wound clearance, then he should be cleared to integrate into training and still be available for our Round 7 game against Richmond.”


Colby McKercher sustained strong contact to the sternum on the weekend and was in discomfort.

“A conservative approach was taken, and he was brought to the hospital for scans/X-Ray which revealed no significant damage.”

 Kallan Dawson has been ruled out for the next 2-3 weeks, rolled his ankle during Friday’s training session, resulting in lateral ligament damage

Miller Bergman Jaw Test
Callum Coleman-Jones Achilles Season
Kallan Dawson Ankle 2-3 weeks
Josh Goater Achilles Season
Cooper Harvey Syndesmosis 3 weeks
Griffin Logue Knee 7 weeks
Colby McKercher Sternum Available
Liam Shiels Calf Test
Cam Zurhaar Calf Test


Travis Boak (back) – test
Tom McCallum (ankle) – 2-3 weeks
Ollie Lord (knee/tibia) – 3-5 weeks
Hugh Jackson (hip) – 8-10 weeks


Noah Balta Knee 3-4 weeks
Jacob Bauer Hamstring 3-4 weeks
Judson Clarke ACL Season
Mate Colina Back TBC – long term
Liam Fawcett Back TBC – long term
Josh Gibcus ACL Season
Dylan Grimes Wrist Test
Jacob Hopper Knee Test
Tom Lynch Hamstring 10-12 weeks
Dion Prestia Hamstring 3 weeks
Jack Ross Foot 8 weeks
Jayden Short Calf TBC
Tim Taranto Wrist 8 weeks
James Trezise Ankle 3-4 weeks


Max King scans have cleared him of any structural damage.

“Short turnarounds are hard no matter the injury and this is definitely the case with Max this week,” EGM Football David Misson said.

Max King Knee Test
Lance Collard Hamstring Test
Paddy Dow Knee Test
James Van Es Ankle Test
Max Heath Concussion TBC
Hunter Clark Calf 1-2 weeks
Ben Paton Pectoral 1-2 weeks
Matty Allison Knee 2 weeks
Mason Wood Collarbone 2 weeks
Brad Crouch Knee 3-4 weeks
Liam Henry Hamstring 3-4 weeks


Dane Rampe

Dane continues to progress his rehabilitation from his hamstring strain. He will build his running speed and volume this week.

Luke Parker

Luke was reviewed by his specialist over the break. He has recommenced team training but will remain non-contact in drills for at least another week.

Sam Reid

Sam had a tight quad during the VFL match against Richmond. We assessed him and completed imaging during the BYE week and he has a low grade quad strain which he will have a short period of rehabilitation for.

Angus Sheldrick

Angus will be a test to return to play for Round 6.

Callum Mills

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

Harry Arnold

Harry’s recovery from a stress fracture is coming along well but is still expected to miss half of the season.


Liam Ryan impressed off half-back for the WAFL Eagles in his first game since damaging his hamstring during last year’s round three RAC Derby, and pulled up well from about 70 minutes game time.

“Luke had a head injury assessment during the game which unfortunately he failed, so he’s in the concussion protocol at the moment,” Inness said.

“After 12 months out of the game we saw Liam on the weekend in the WAFL. He got through the game really well.”

Callum Jamieson hamstring injury that saw him withdrawn late from the Richmond match.

“Unfortunately for Cal, he was ruled out of the game on the weekend with some hamstring soreness,’ Inness said.

“We’ve scanned it and now we’ll go through a protocol with how long he’ll be missing, but we’ll give some updates in the next couple of days.”

Luke Edwards has entered concussion protocols

Archer Reid and Coby Burgiel are both set to line up in the WAFL Eagles’ RAC Derby curtain-raiser against Peel at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

Oscar Allen Knee 6-8 weeks

Rhett Bazzo Groin 5-6 weeks

Luke Edwards Concussion Protocols 1 week

Matt Flynn Knee 4-5 weeks

Callum Jamieson Hamstring TBC

Elijah Hewett Foot Post-bye


Rory Lobb (ankle) –  Test
Anthony Scott (ankle) – Test
Tom Liberatore (concussion) – 1 week
Lachie Smith (knee) – 1-2 weeks
Nick Coffield (shoulder) – 8-10 weeks
Aiden O’Driscoll (concussion) – indefinite
Bailey Smith (ACL) – season


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