Injuries Round 8

Written by Chaos Theory on May 2 2023


Report by High Performance Manager Darren Burgess.

Hugh Bond (knee) 4-5 weeks

Shane McAdam (quad) 4-6 weeks. “But because of the nature of the quad injury we’re going to hold him back on kicking. We expect because it’s a little bit unusual he will be about 4-6 weeks away depending on how he responds to training.”

Zac Taylor (foot) 12 weeks

“Zac had an incident on the weekend when he got tackled, he tried to go back on but he was unable to, and scans yesterday revealed he has a Lisfranc fracture in his foot,”

“He will need surgery and the surgeon will give us an indication of how long his recovery will be, but we’re hoping he’ll be back for the later part of the season.”


Dayne Zorko Scans on Monday confirmed a hamstring strain for Zorko and is expected to miss up to three weeks. “In some good news for Zorko, his strain is to his left hamstring and not his right – which he injured during the pre-season and saw him miss Round 1.”

Daniel Rich Scans on Monday confirmed a a calf strain and is expected to miss up to three weeks.

Darcy Gardiner  Adductor  Test
 Carter Michael  Quad  Test
 Daniel Rich  Calf  2-3 weeks
 Henry Smith  Groin  Test
 Dayne Zorko  Hamstring  2-3 weeks



David Cuningham  Calf  Test
 Tom De Koning  Concussion  1-2 weeks
 Sam Durdin  Hamstring  TBC
 Caleb Marchbank  Calf  Test
 Jack Martin  Calf  Test
 Matt Owies  Hamstring  Test
 Sam Philp  Foot  Season
 Zac Williams  Knee  Season



Aiden Begg  Back  Test
 Darcy Cameron  Knee  3-5 weeks
 Mason Cox  Spleen  Test
 Charlie Dean  Foot  Season
 Arlo Draper  Concussion  Test
 Jeremy Howe  Arm  TBC
 Nathan Kreuger  Ribs  TBC
 Patrick Lipinski  Shoulder  5-7 weeks
 Dan McStay  Finger  5-7 weeks
 Scott Pendlebury  Eye  Test
 Joe Richards  Hamstring  1 week


Nik Cox  Back  4 weeks
 Jayden Davey*  Knee  Season
 Sam Durham  Suspension  Round 9
 Matt Guelfi  Hamstring  3 weeks
 Jayden Laverde  Shoulder  4-5 weeks
 James Stewart  Foot  TBC
 Elijah Tsatas  Knee  5 weeks
 Peter Wright  Shoulder  10 weeks



Report by  high performance manager Phil Merriman.

Nat Fyfe (foot) – Test

“Nat’s foot pulled up really well from a step up on the weekend,” Merriman said.

“He will be main training this week, with a plan for him to play football this weekend.” ( Fremantle or Peel if he successfully gets through his training load this week.)

Heath Chapman (hamstring) – TBA

“Unfortunately for Chappy, at the back end of last week’s training session he had an incident and it ended up being a moderate to high-grade hamstring injury,” .

“He will be out for an extended period of time, but be sure that Chappy will be ticking every box along the way.”

Michael Frederick (adductor) – Test

“He has come along really well, probably a little bit quicker than expected,”

“He will train on Wednesday and be a test to play.”

Liam Henry (concussion) – Test
Max Knobel (concussion) – Test

“Liam and Max moved through the protocols really well, we plan for them to play this weekend,”

Travis Colyer (calf) – 1 week “We are really excited to get Trav back, he will get through the next week of training, and we’ll plan for him to play in one week’s time.”
Matt Taberner (back) – TBA



Jack Bowes  Calf  TBC
 Cam Guthrie  Toe  TBC
 Toby Conway  Foot  TBC
 Jack Henry  Foot  TBC
 Sam Menegola  Knee  TBC
 Rhys Stanley  Eye socket  Medium term
 Tyson Stengle  Arm  Medium term
 Zach Tuohy  Back  Test


Touk Miller had surgery late last week and the club should have a clearer idea of a return date shortly.

Connor Budarick  Knee  TBC
 Touk Miller  Knee  TBC


Phil Davis(groin), Daniel Lloyd (calf) and Lachlan Keeffe (thumb) will look to return this week with all three set to undergo fitness tests later in the week.

Nick Madden has returned to full training following off-season foot surgery.

Conor Stone has also been added to the injury list after experiencing ongoing back issues.

Phil Davis Groin Test
Daniel Lloyd Calf Test
Lachlan Keeffe Thumb Test
Nick Madden Foot 1-2 weeks
Jason Gillbee Calf 1-2 weeks
Leek Aleer Ankle 2 weeks
Braydon Preuss Back 3 weeks
Conor Stone Back 4-5 weeks
Jacob Wehr Shoulder 5-7 weeks
Sam Taylor Hamstring 9 weeks
Cooper Hamilton Foot TBC
Darcy Jones Knee Season
Adam Kennedy Knee Season


Josh Morris Calf Test Round 8
Fionn O’Hara Concussion Available Round 8
Jai Serong Pericarditis Unavailable Round 10
Max Lynch Concussion Unavailable TBC



Report by Club doctor Laura Lallenec

Will Verrall Hip 7-8 weeks.

“We all know Will had that pelvic stress injury and it’s been a prolonged recovery, but in good news this week, he’s looking like he’ll get on the track and running on Wednesday,” Lallenec said.

“So, we’ll build up his running loads from here and look to have him back as he gets enough running under his belt.”

K Turner groin 5-7 weeks.

Christian Salem Knee 1-2 weeks. “He’s recovering well…he’ll have a really good week and half of full training under his belt and then hopefully be available for Round 9, so making a return soon.”

Luke Dunstan Knee TBC “During the VFL game for Casey, Luke did sustain a knee injury and we’re still working that up,” “He’ll have a scan and we hope to provide some more information shortly.”

Josh Schache Wrist. Test. “He managed to finish the game, but he actually did sustain a wrist injury during it,”“But the good news is, this is the type of injury where he can wear a splint and keep training and playing with minimal issue.”

Charlie Spargo Concussion Available. “[Spargo] has done really well, progressing through his concussion protocol, he’ll have a full, normal week this week and then look to play against Gold Coast this weekend,”

Harrison Petty Concussion Test. “[Petty] is also going well, he’ll integrate into full team training this week and will look to be available for selection this weekend.”



Luke Davies-Uniacke. “‘LDU’  had some heel soreness and bruising off the back of the Gold Coast game in an incident where he twisted and his foot got caught in the ground,” Head of performance Kevin White. “His plan will be to do a football function session (on Tuesday) out on the ground, and then assess ahead of full training Thursday.”

George Wardlaw.

“At first he was assessed for his MCL and he had a scan on that, which showed it to be structurally sound,”

“The main thing with George is that there’s a bit of bleeding and bruising around that knee joint that he’s dealing with at the minute.

“His plan (on Tuesday) will be to run on the AlterG, get him moving again, get his running mechanics up across the next two days and look to test at training at the back end of the week.” Head of performance Kevin White

Charlie Comben went straight to hospital for surgery on a lower leg injury sustained in the first quarter against Melbourne.

“Charlie’s injury is similar to Tristan Xerri’s from Round 1, so a high-grade syndesmosis with a fibula fracture,”

“He’s looking at a similar length of probably 10 weeks for his return to play.” Head of performance Kevin White.

Tom Powell

“Tom had an ankle sprain swell up heavily straight away when he came off the ground,”

“He’s still sore when walking at the minute, so he’ll be in doubt for the next one to two weeks. Head of performance Kevin White.

Callum Coleman-Jones “Cal suffered a concussion, was still symptomatic yesterday when he was at the club and he’ll go through the 12-day mandatory AFL concussion protocol, so he’s in the acute phase of his recovery.” Head of performance Kevin White.

Callum Coleman-Jones Concussion 1 week
Charlie Comben Ankle 10 weeks
Luke Davies-Uniacke Heel Test
Brayden George Knee Season
Josh Goater Hamstring 2 weeks
Tom Powell Ankle 1-2 weeks
George Wardlaw Knee Test
Tristan Xerri Ankle 6-8 weeks
Jack Ziebell Foot Test


In Sunday’s SANFL win over West Adelaide, defender Jake Pasini suffered a corky to his right quad, while ruckman Scott Lycett crashed onto his back during a contest.

Both players left the ground for the remainder of the match, but the pair have recovered well and are expected to be eligible for selection this week.

Xavier Duursma – PCL (8-10 weeks)
Kane Farrell – cheekbone (1-2 weeks)
Mitch Georgiades – ACL (season)
Orazio Fantasia – quad (3-4 weeks)
Todd Marshall – concussion (available)



Tom Brown  Wrist  4-6 weeks
 Seth Campbell  Adductor  4-6 weeks
 Mate Colina  Back  Indefinite
 Josh Gibcus  Hamstring  1-3 weeks
 Jack Graham  Hamstring  Test
 Tom Lynch  Foot  6-11 weeks
 Toby Nankervis  Ankle  4-6 weeks
 Maurice Rioli jnr  Hamstring  1-3 weeks
 Kaleb Smith  Foot  3-5 weeks
 Robbie Tarrant  Hip  Indefinite



Jack Hayes’ rehabilitation from a foot injury has received another blow, with scans confirming a significant strain to his left hamstring which will sideline him for a minimum of eight weeks.

“It’s obviously a disappointing result for Jack, who had put in a mountain of work in overcoming a series of long-term injuries,” Acting General Manager of Football David Misson said.

“As frustrating as this setback is for Jack, we have full confidence that he will continue to approach his recovery with the same professionalism he’s conducted himself with over the past year.

“We will remain patient with Max as he builds himself back up to full fitness, but are excited at the prospect of having him re-join our main group.”

Max King (hamstring) on track to return to full contact training this week.

Jimmy Webster (fractured cheekbone) has received the all-clear from surgeons to resume training with the main group by Friday

Zak Jones (Achilles) to ease his way back in as he continues to increase his workload. 

Jimmy Webster Cheekbone 1 week
Zak Jones Achilles 1-2 weeks
Max King Shoulder 1-2 weeks
Dan McKenzie Calf 3-4 weeks
Nick Coffield Calf 6-8 weeks
Jack Hayes Foot 8-9 weeks
Olli Hotton Back Post-bye
Matthew Allison Foot Post-bye
Angus McLennan Back Post-bye


Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services Damian Raper.

Matt Roberts
Matt’s recovery from a knee injury is coming along well. He has commenced a strengthening program but will remain in a brace for the next few weeks.

Robbie Fox
Robbie is expected to train fully this week and will be assessed later in the week for his availability this weekend’s match against Collingwood.

Dane Rampe
Dane continues to work through recovery from his neck injury. He is not expected to be available before the bye.

Joel Amartey
Joel has commenced introductory running and is progressing well from his hamstring injury.

Paddy McCartin
Paddy continues to improve on a daily basis with his overall recovery the number one priority.

Lewis Melican
Lewis has trained fully and is expected to return via the VFL this weekend.

Sam Reid
Sam is continuing his rehab program and has progressed to running this week.

Sam Wicks
Sam is progressing well from his shoulder surgery and will complete full training this week. He is expected to make a return to match play next week.



Head of Health Mark Finucane

Chesser (knee) and Hough (hamstring) are aiming to be available for the next home game against Gold Coast, with Edwards (wrist) also a chance to put his hand up for the Friday night match.

Samo Petrevski-Seton (Suspension) 1 week. -Seton Quad (corked quad) TBC

Dom Sheed Throat Test. Sheed has been non-contact training recently while awaiting specialist approval to play and is expected to be on the flight to Melbourne for his first game since the round three RAC Derby.

“Dom was very close to being available to play last week but we took the specialist’s advice and he is very likely to play this week,” Head of Health Mark Finucane. “He has a final check with the specialist later in the week but we’re expecting to see him available.”

Rhett Bazzo Concussion TBC

Coby Burgiel Hamstring 3 weeks

Campbell Chesser Knee 1 week

Tom Cole Ankle 9-10 weeks

Jamie Cripps Ankle 12-14 weeks

Harry Edwards Wrist 1-2 weeks

Elijah Hewett Ankle 2-3 weeks

Brady Hough Hamstring 1 week

Noah Long Hamstring 2-3 weeks

Jeremy McGovern Hamstring 7-8 weeks

Nic Naitanui Achilles 7-8 weeks

Liam Ryan Hamstring 10-12 weeks

Jack Williams Spleen 4 weeks

Isiah Winder Knee TBC

Luke Shuey Ankle/Hamstring 4-5 weeks “Luke has just commenced his running. He’s had a couple of on-ground stints. The ankle has felt more comfortable today, is what he’s reported, compared to his first run on Saturday.”

Elliot Yeo Groin 3-4 weeks.

“Elliot has turned the corner in terms of his day-to-day awareness and his straight-line running,” Finucane said.

“He’s had a good strong session this morning and then he needs to build his strength in the gym concurrently with his on-ground progressions, his change of direction and kicking and then moving into his football progressions.”

# WCE may have to pick every available player on its list just to name a squad of 26 for Saturday’s clash against Richmond. With 17 injured players and Petrevski-Seton suspended and only Dom Sheed likely to return that leaves only 27 players available.



Head of Sports Medicine, Chris Bell.

Tom Liberatore remains a test ahead of a Saturday night clash with GWS, recovering strongly from a concussion suffered against Fremantle last week.

Liberatore will train on Thursday with the main group, putting himself in the frame to travel to Canberra later in the week.

“Tom still has some boxes to tick this week, expecting to make a call on his availability following our main training session this Thursday,”

Hayden Crozier (ankle) and Jordon Sweet (bruised heel) were unavailable last week, with the pair on the improve and a chance to return.

Josh Bruce and Laith Vandermeer continue to recover from respective rib injuries, remaining at least a fortnight away from availability.

Tom Liberatore (Concussion) – Test
Hayden Crozier (Ankle) – Test
Jordon Sweet (Heel) – Test
Laitham Vandermeer (Ribs) – 2-3 weeks
Harvey Gallagher (Hamstring) 2-3 weeks
Josh Bruce (Ribs) – 2-3 weeks
Riley Garcia (Groin) – 4-6 weeks
Roarke Smith (Foot) – 4-6 weeks
Dom Bedendo (Groin) – 5-7 weeks



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3 thoughts on “Injuries Round 8”

  1. Nathan Kreuger has been cleared of rib damage and remains a chance to play this weekend.
    Will have a fitness test later in the week.



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