Injuries – Round 8

Written by Chaos Theory on April 30 2024


Sam Berry (foot) and Brodie Smith (back) are both expected to be available for selection for Thursday night’s Showdown after recovering from minor injuries.

Jordon Butts and Lachlan Murphy both returned from injury via the SANFL on the weekend and Harry Schoenberg played his second game back from Achilles surgery.

Rory Sloane Retired due eye injury

Luke Pedlar (shoulder) TBC. Luke Pedlar is seeing a specialist for his shoulder injury. “It’s a bit sore but the initial scans were a bit mixed so we’ll see what the surgeon says and be guided by that.”

Nick Murray (knee) 3-5 weeks
Riley Thilthorpe (knee) 8-10 weeks
Wayne Milera (knee) season
Patrick Parnell (shoulder) season


Oscar McInerney is expected to line up on Sunday night with the Club confirming he is available for selection.

Callum Ah Chee Scans revealed a slight hamstring strain which should only see him miss one match.

James Madden faces a fitness test this week after experience hamstring tightness during Saturday’s VFL win over Southport, though the Club is optimistic he will play.

Zane Zakostelsky is also available for selection and is set to make his Club debut in the VFL on Sunday against the SUNS.

Carter Michael – knee – 2 weeks

Deven Robertson – shoulder – 3 weeks

Zac Bailey – ankle – 3-4 weeks

Will Ashcroft – knee – TBC

Tom Doedee – knee – season

Keidean Coleman – knee – season


Adam Cerra (hamstring)
– Availability: test

David Cuningham (calf)
– Availability: test

Orazio Fantasia (illness)
– Availability: test

Mitch McGovern (hamstring)
– Availability: one week

Matt Carroll (groin)
– Remains on a modified program for at least another month due to groin soreness


Jordan De Goey will be assessed before Friday night’s clash, after pulling up from sore from the Magpies’ ANZAC Day draw. The 28-year-old has experienced groin pain, which saw him miss training on Monday afternoon. De Goey will be given every opportunity across the week to recover and will hopefully complete training in the coming days before being assessed ahead of Friday night.

Tom Mitchell an on-going foot issue will also be assessed ahead of Friday night’s clash. The ongoing plantar fasciitis issue has been managed well across the past nine to 10 weeks, but due to the short turnaround before Thursday’s draw, the midfielder has pulled up sorer than anticipated. The 30-year-old also missed training today, with a further assessment to be made in coming days.

Nathan Kreuger will play his first game of the season on Saturday in the VFL, after overcoming a hamstring and then calf injury. The tall will line up against Southport at Fankhauser Reserve in Queensland when the Pies take on the standalone side at 12:05pm on Saturday.

Josh Eyre remains in a holding pattern as he continues to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered during pre-season. The 21-year-old is running at 85 to 95 percent speed and will have another week of training at that level. The defender is still at least two weeks away from full team training but is completing non-contact drills.

Oscar Steene has undergone successful surgery on his toe tendon injury, and will spend at least four weeks in a moonboot, before resuming his rehabilitation.

Dan McStay – After experiencing a down-load over the past 10 days, while still maintaining lighter running duties, Dan McStay will progress into the next stage of rehabilitation from his ACL injury. The key forward is doing high level functional work including spinning and jumping, while maintaining non-contact football training. Currently at the five-month post-injury mark, contact training will be introduced to his training plan once he reaches the six-month mark.


Archie Perkins Recovering well from a hamstring strain sustained during Gather Round, the 22-year-old will be a test for Saturday night’s clash with West Coast pending how he gets through this week’s block of training.

Matt Guelfi will be another Bomber in the mix for a senior recall after impressing in last Saturday’s VFL win over Collingwood, picking up 16 touches and booting the match-winning goal in his first game back from a calf injury.

Harry Jones is also available for selection this week, cleared of any structural damage after being substituted out of the Anzac Day clash from a knock to the face.

Will Setterfield continues to progress in his recovery from a knee injury, eyeing off a potential return to action in the next week or two.

Archie Perkins Hamstring Test
Will Setterfield Knee 1-2 weeks
Zach Reid Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Jye Menzie Shoulder 2 weeks
Jordan Ridley Quad 3 weeks
Kaine Baldwin Navicular stress 7 weeks
Jaiden Hunter ACL Season


Josh Draper (hamstring) – test
Jye Amiss (concussion) – test
Sam Switkowski (concussion) – test
Odin Jones (concussion) – test
Conrad Williams (foot) – 1 week
Brennan Cox (hamstring) – 7-8 weeks
Oscar McDonald (knee) – 12-14 weeks
Sebit Kuek (knee) – Season
Josh Corbett (hip) – Season


Tom Stewart Concussion Test

Phoenix Foster Concussion TBC

James Willis Illness Test

Oli Wiltshire Thumb 1 week

Joe Furphy Ankle 1 week

Mitch Edwards Back 2-3 weeks

Patrick Dangerfield Hamstring 4-6 weeks


Sam Clohesy left the field with a wrist complaint in the third quarter, but was able to return to the contest and has been cleared of any injury ahead of this weekend’s QClash.

Bailey Humphrey was assessed in the final quarter after a head knock but has also been cleared to play this weekend.

Connor Budarick will make his return after a hamstring injury and is available for AFL selection.

Lachie Weller continues to make strides in his recovery from an ACL injury and is expected to return to training with the main group in the coming weeks.

Weller is projected to return late in the season.

Malcolm Rosas Hamstring 6 weeks
Lachie Weller Knee 12+ weeks


Stephen Coniglio and Sam Taylor are on track to return on Saturday should they pass fitness tests across this week.

Isaac Cumming returned successfully via the VFL on Friday afternoon

Phoenix Gothard will return to the field in the VFL this week after missing the past two matches with illness.

Sam Taylor Concussion protocols Test
Stephen Coniglio Knee Test
Braydon Preuss Hamstring 4 weeks
Nathan Wardius Shin TBC
James Leake Quad TBC
Adam Kennedy Knee TBC


Sam Butler will miss the rest of the 2024 AFL season after undergoing surgery on a broken leg.

Mitch Lewis is managing a patellar issue with his knee which has seen him ruled out of this Sunday’s match.

Nick Watson Ankle Test
Luke Breust Groin Test
Josh Bennetts Concussion Test
Clay Tucker Ankle Test
Cooper Stephens Achilles Test
Changkuoth Jiath Quadricep 1 week
Mitch Lewis Knee TBC
Denver Grainger-Barras Toe 1-2 weeks
Will McCabe Back 6-8 weeks
James Blanck Knee Season
Sam Butler Leg Season


Jake Bowey Shoulder 1 week
Christian Salem Hamstring 2 – 3 weeks
Charlie Spargo Achilles 3 – 4 weeks
Jake Melksham Knee 6 – 8 weeks


Jy Simpkin will need to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s game with the Saints, having pulled up sore from Round 7 with quad tightness.

The midfielder spent most of Tuesday’s training session in the rehab group.

“Scans show a minor strain on one of the smaller muscles for Jy,” North Melbourne head of performance Kevin White told NMFC Media.

“He will look to clear our soft tissue protocols at the end of the week to play.”

Brayden George sustained a dislocated shoulder in the third quarter of the VFL side’s clash with Greater Western Sydney in Blacktown. “Follow-up reviews with our club doctor and specialist this week will determine our rehab approach moving forward, and we’ll provide an update next week once that information has been gathered,” White said.

Hamish Free was another casualty from the VFL match-up, going down early with a head knock.

“Hamish will now fall into AFL management protocols but given it’s his second concussion this year, it may lead to a more prolonged return to play,” White said.

Cooper Harvey is expected to make his return to the field this weekend. VFL

Wil Dawson (AC joint) and Eddie Ford (hip pointer) are also available for selection.

Callum Coleman-Jones Achilles Season
Kallan Dawson Ankle 2-3 weeks
Wil Dawson AC joint Available
Eddie Ford Hip Available
Hamish Free Concussion TBC
Brayden George Shoulder TBC
Josh Goater Achilles Season
Cooper Harvey Syndesmosis Available
Griffin Logue Knee 6-7 weeks
Jy Simpkin Quad Test


Connor Rozee Imaging has confirmed a low-grade hamstring strain.

# Connor Rozee has passed a fitness test and will be available for Thursday’s game.

Sam Powell-Pepper Ruptured ACL. Season

Aliir Aliir has entered concussion protocols

Ivan Soldo underwent a knee arthroscopy on Monday after irritating an existing meniscus injury. The ruckman is expected to be sidelined for up to five weeks while he rehabilitates.

Ollie Lord could be playing football as early as Thursday, while Josh Sinn has passed a fitness test and will be available for selection.

Ollie Lord (knee/tibia) – test
Aliir Aliir (concussion protocols)
Trent McKenzie (quad) – 1-2 weeks
Tom McCallum (ankle) – 1-2 week
Ivan Soldo (knee) – 4-5 weeks
Quinton Narkle (foot) – 4-6 weeks
Hugh Jackson (hip) – 6-8 weeks
Sam Powell-Pepper (knee) – season


Jacob Hopper is set to miss two to three weeks with a hamstring injury

Noah Balta Knee 1 week
Jacob Bauer Hamstring 1 week
Judson Clarke ACL Season
Mate Colina Back TBC – long term
Liam Fawcett Back TBC – long term
Josh Gibcus ACL Season
Jacob Hopper Hamstring 3 weeks
Tom Lynch Hamstring 7-9 weeks
Dion Prestia Hamstring 1 week
Jack Ross Foot 8 weeks
Tim Taranto Wrist 6 weeks


Max King, Hunter Clark and Mason Wood could all be available for selection this week, only requiring the green light following fitness tests at main training on Thursday.

Hunter Clark Calf Test
Max King Knee Test
Mason Wood Collarbone Test
Liam Henry Hamstring 1 week
Brad Crouch Knee 2-3 weeks
Dan Butler Hamstring 3-4 weeks
Olli Hotton Ankle 3-4 weeks
James Van Es Ankle TBC


Dane Rampe

Dane will be a test to play this weekend.

Sam Reid

Sam was progressing well from his quad strain but is experiencing some stress related pain in his foot. He will be assessed in the next 7 days to determine timelines.

Corey Warner

Corey sustained an ankle sprain in the VFL last weekend and is expected to miss three weeks of football.

Indhi Kirk

Indhi suffered a concussion in the VFL match last weekend. As a result he will not play this weekend in line with the AFL’s concussion protocols.

Callum Mills

Callum suffered a low-grade calf strain while running last weekend. Subsequently, his return to play date from his shoulder injury is likely to be pushed back a few weeks.

Harry Arnold

Harry is progressing through his running well but is still expected to return in the second half of the season.


Noah Long “Longy’s hip is good. He missed last week just with a hip pointer, so if he gets through training this week he’ll be playing,” High Performance Manager Mat Inness

Zane Trew will miss Sunday’s clash with East Perth due to a head knock.

“Unfortunately for ‘Trewy’ in our WAFL training session over the weekend he had a head knock and he’s in the concussion protocol now,” Inness said.

Oscar Allen Knee 4-6 weeks

Rhett Bazzo Groin 4-6 weeks

Matt Flynn Knee 3-4 weeks

Elijah Hewett Foot Post-bye

Callum Jamieson Hamstring 4-5 weeks

Zane Trew Concussion protocols 1-2 weeks


Cody Weightman will spend an extended period on the sidelines after injuring his elbow.

“Scans yesterday have confirmed some structural ligament damage to the elbow that we need surgically repaired to make sure that Cody isn’t compromised by ongoing issues.

“We will confirm Cody’s rehab timeline following the surgery but expect him to miss the next 8-10 weeks.”

Tom Liberatore (illness) – Test

Nick Coffield (shoulder) – 6-8 weeks

Cody Weightman (elbow) – 8-10 weeks

Aiden O’Driscoll (concussion) – Indefinite

Bailey Smith (ACL) – Season



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6 thoughts on “Injuries – Round 8”

    1. “Josh came out of the game as a precaution – he had a tight hamstring,” said High Performance Manager Phil Merriman.

      “Pleasingly he has presented really well so we’re going to take him through the gears and he’ll be a test to play this week.”


  1. Will Rozee take the field have not traded would like to keep traded Zorko instead for c serong good trade or not



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