Injuries – Round 9

Written by Chaos Theory on May 7 2024


Luke Pedlar (shoulder) 2-3 weeks

“Luke went and got a couple of surgical opinions and he will improve his strength over the next couple of weeks and be available in about two to three weeks’ time,” Crows High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said.

Nick Murray (knee) 3-4 weeks

Riley Thilthorpe (knee) 7-9 weeks

Riley Thilthorpe is out of the knee brace and ramping up his rehabilitation following pre-season knee surgery.

“Riley is doing a lot more mobility work and a lot of work in the pool, so he’s progressing really, really well and improving his strength and flexibility,” Burgess said.

Wayne Milera (knee) season

Patrick Parnell (shoulder) season


Lincoln McCarthy and Darcy Gardiner will miss the rest of the 2024 season after both rupturing their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

McCarthy and Gardiner underwent scans on Tuesday after the pair both injured their right knees in the first half of Sunday night’s win against the Gold Coast SUNS.

Callum Ah Chee hamstring test
Carter Michael knee 1 week
Noah Answerth concussion 1 week
Deven Robertson shoulder 2 weeks
Zac Bailey ankle 2-3 weeks
Brandon Starcevich calf 4-5 weeks
Will Ashcroft knee TBC
Lincoln McCarthy knee season
Darcy Gardiner knee season
Keidean Coleman knee season
Tom Doedee knee season


Zac Williams (glute soreness)
• Subbed out of the game on Friday night with glute soreness
• Availability: Test

Mitch McGovern (hamstring)
• Availability: Test

Caleb Marchbank (back)
• Availability: Test

Jack Martin (hamstring)
• Availability: Test


Brody Mihocek, will miss two to three weeks after scans revealed a minor, grade one strain to his hamstring. The forward was able to play out the rest of Friday’s win after sustaining the injury early in the last quarter, but his movement was limited.

Beau McCreery is working through the twelve step concussion protocols after suffering a head knock in Friday’s win. A further update will be provided next week on the progress of his recovery.

Tew Jiath picked up an ankle injury in Collingwood’s VFL defeat to Southport on Saturday. The 2023 draftee was able to complete the game,but was sorer than expected in recovery. Scans have revealed a minor grade syndesmosis and Jiath will be in a moonboot for the rest of the week and it’s expected he will miss two to three games.

Jordan De Goey has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with West Coast with the groin issue that also kept him out of last week’s win. It’s expected the midfielder will begin running towards the back end of next week and the Magpies’ Medical team are confident he will be available for Round 10.

Tom Mitchell was expected to return this week after missing last week’s game with a foot injury, but a case of appendicitis has hospitalised the 30-year-old and he will subsequently miss Sunday’s clash against West Coast. Once Mitchell receives the all-clear from the specialist he has been seeing for the appendicitis, he will commence a running program. Once the midfielder increases his running loads, he should be available for next week’s Round 10 clash.

Josh Eyre is progressing well in his return from a hamstring injury but has been in a holding pattern in terms across the last couple of weeks in terms of progressing past 85 to 90 percent running speed, which isn’t uncommon when it comes to long-term hamstring injuries like his. Over the next couple of weeks, the defender is expected to progress his running speed should he meet some gym markers, before returning to full training in about two weeks’ time and playing in three to four weeks.

Oscar Steene is now walking comfortably in a moon boot and has started some light rehab activities, including a strength program, following his successful toe ligament surgery. Steene will be in the moonboot for another three weeks, before being able to prepare his running.

Dan McStay is only a couple of weeks away from reaching the six-month milestone post ACL surgery. At that point in time, the 28-year-old will have some further reviews of his progress. He is currently in a holding pattern when it comes to his running, speed and agility loads, but ticking every box so far. After the six-month mark, he will progress to the next stage of his rehabilitation which includes contact training.


Jye Caldwell will be a test after being subbed out as a precaution due to calf tightness but provided he gets through training with no issues he will play.

Sam Draper could make his return to the line-up after missing the trip to Perth last weekend with knee soreness, set to train fully this week to prove his fitness

Jye Menzie and Zach Reid are making ground in their respective recoveries from injury and are also in the frame to return to play this weekend, provided they get through training without issue.

Jordan Ridley is another getting closer to taking the field, eyeing off a return in the next couple of weeks.

Jye Caldwell Calf Test
Sam Draper Knee Test
Zach Reid Hamstring Test
Jye Menzie Shoulder Test
Jordan Ridley Quad 1-2 weeks
Will Setterfield Knee 2-3 weeks
Kaine Baldwin Navicular stress 6 weeks
Jaiden Hunter ACL Season


Fremantle made a conservative approach in subbing ruckman Sean Darcy out of the game against Richmond at the weekend, according to High Performance Manager Phil Merriman.

“Sean came off with some very low-level calf tightness and obviously off a five-day break we took a conservative approach,” Merriman said.

“He came into the Club today and is clinically quite sound.

“We’ll see how his week progresses with a plan for him to play.”

Sam Switkowski will need to get through contact training this week before putting up his hand for selection in Friday night’s clash with Sydney.

The small forward has missed the past three matches after suffering delayed concussion following the round five loss to Port Adelaide.

“Switta has to pass the final hurdle in his concussion protocols which is contact training,” Merriman said.

“We’ll be looking to do that in main training this week.”

Nathan O’Driscoll’s frustrating run with a knee injury has continued, with a timeline on his return still to be determined.

“Unfortunately, he had another occurrence of that knee injury so we are just going through the process and gathering more information as we speak,” Merriman said.

“We’ll have more information on timelines after consulting with the specialist.”

Sean Darcy (calf) – test
Sam Switkowski (concussion) – test
Conrad Williams (foot) – test
Odin Jones (elbow) – test
Brennan Cox (hamstring) – 6-7 weeks
Ethan Stanley (ankle) – TBC
Nathan O’Driscoll (knee) – TBC
Oscar McDonald (knee) – 11–13 weeks
Josh Corbett (hip) – Season
Sebit Kuek (knee) – Season


Tanner Bruhn Shoulder Test
Oli Wiltshire Thumb 1-2 weeks
Mitch Edwards Back 2-3 weeks
Patrick Dangerfield Hamstring 3-5 weeks


Oskar Faulkhead is set for a stint on the sidelines after sustaining an ankle injury through the VFL.

Faulkhead didn’t play in the VFL match against Brisbane due to the injury and will miss eight weeks after undergoing surgery.

Brandon Ellis was managed from last week’s VFL match but is available for selection once again.

Malcolm Rosas (hamstring, 5 weeks) and Lachie Weller (knee, 11 weeks) remain on the injury list.



Tom Green has been cleared of any serious damage to his ankle and will face a fitness test ahead of Saturday.

Stephen Coniglio is also expected to be available for selection this weekend, making a return from a knee injury sustained in round five.

Isaac Cumming’s return to the AFL side has been delayed, with the wingman suffering a hamstring injury in the VFL on the weekend.

Adam Kennedy has also been dealt a slight setback in his return from an ACL injury, suffering a minor hamstring injury at training last week.

Tom Green Ankle Test
Braydon Preuss Hamstring 3 weeks
Isaac Cumming Hamstring 6 weeks
Adam Kennedy Hamstring TBC
Nathan Wardius Shin TBC
James Leake Quad TBC


Luke Breust is available.

“He has now had a week of really good training and had a great session last weekend,” Burge said.

“He is resuming full training with the group this week and will be available for this weekend.”

Denver Grainger-Barras will make his return via the VFL after suffering a toe injury during the pre-season.

Burge said Grainger-Barras would play some limited match minutes with Box Hill after completing a solid block of work through his rehab program.

“He has been training with the main group for a week and a half, so he is ready to have some match play this weekend,” Burge added.

Changkuoth Jiath is listed as available.

“He is tracking really well, he had three weeks of really good training following a minor interruption with his right quad,” Burge explained.

“His fitness is really good and he has showed us enough outside at training in the last week or so that he is ready.

“But, he will be slightly restricted given it has been a while since he has played a match.”

James Sicily is a chance to play this weekend against St Kilda, despite facing a double injury blow during his side’s recent win over the Western Bulldogs.

Sicily dislocated his shoulder in the first quarter, before rolling his ankle later in the game.

Burge said Sicily would be assessed later this week to determine his availability for the weekend.

“His shoulder strength is really good and he has pulled up quite well, but he did have a dislocation so it’s a complex one,” Burge said. 

“It’s looking quite positive at the moment, but we will involve all of our medical team, James and the coaches to be a bit more solid in our progress and what we’re going to do towards this weekend.

“There are a few things to check off Thursday, but it’s looking pretty positive at this stage.”

Mabior Chol will miss this Saturday’s game at UTAS Stadium, after developing a wrist injury following the Round 7 loss against Sydney.

 “He had the suspension (last week) and then when we returned to training it became apparent that he had a wrist injury with some ligament damage,” Burge explained.

“We had it scanned later last week and it wasn’t good enough to actually participate in the training with the group, so we kept him separate anticipating he would return this week, but that progression has been slower than expected.”

Changkuoth Jiath Quadricep Available
Luke Breust Groin Available
Denver Grainger-Barras Toe Available
Cooper Stephens Achilles Test
Ned Reeves Hand 1-2 weeks
Henry Hustwaite Concussion 1 week
Mitch Lewis Knee 1-2 weeks
Mabior Chol Wrist 1-2 weeks
James Sicily Shoulder/Ankle TBC
Will McCabe Back 5-7 weeks
James Blanck Knee Season
Sam Butler Leg Season


Jake Bowey is available to play this week, set to make a return to footy eight weeks on from shoulder surgery.

Christian Salem (hamstring) is close  just a week or so away from returning to footy.

Jake Bowey Shoulder Available
Josh Schache Achilles Test
Christian Salem Hamstring 1 – 2 weeks
Charlie Spargo Achilles 2 – 3 weeks
Jake Melksham Knee 5 – 7 weeks


Jackson Archer suffered a sprained ankle and will need to prove his fitness later in the week if he’s to play.

“Jackson pulled up sore and scans confirmed some ligament damage to the outside of his ankle,” North Melbourne head physiotherapist Brenton Egglestone said.

“He’s been recovering well over the last couple of days and will be looked after to allow the ankle to settle before testing it later in the week for his availability.”

Jackson Archer Ankle Test
Callum Coleman-Jones Achilles Season
Kallan Dawson Ankle 2-3 weeks
Hamish Free Concussion 1 week
Brayden George Shoulder 2-3 weeks
Josh Goater Achilles Season
Griffin Logue Knee/Hamstring 7-8 weeks


Connor Rozee and Lachie Jones will be sidelined 1-2 weeks with low grade hamstring strains.

Ollie Lord is set to make his return to football this weekend after re-joining full training over the last fortnight.

The forward suffered an impaction fracture of the tibia and bone bruising to the knee late in pre-season and has recently undergone final fitness testing deeming him eligible for selection.

Aliir Aliir is expected to exit concussion protocols on Wednesday, while young tall Tom McCallum has been removed from the injury list after recovering from an ankle issue.

Mitch Georgiades will be assessed after training on Tuesday night, but is expected to be available.

Aliir Aliir (concussion protocols) – test
Mitch Georgiades (knee) – test
Connor Rozee (hamstring) – 1-2 weeks
Lachie Jones (hamstring) – 1-2 weeks
Trent McKenzie (quad) – 1-2 weeks
Quinton Narkle (foot) – 2-4 weeks
Ivan Soldo (knee) – 3-4 weeks
Hugh Jackson (hip) – 5-7 weeks
Sam Powell-Pepper (knee) – season



Noah Balta, knee

Dion Prestia, hamstring

Jack Graham, hamstring

Jacob Bauer, hamstring


Jacob Hopper, hamstring (2 weeks)

Tim Taranto, wrist (4-6 weeks)

Jack Ross, foot (6-8 weeks)

Tom Lynch, hamstring (6-8 weeks)

Liam Fawcett, back (TBA)

Mate Colina, back (TBA)

Josh Gibcus, knee (season)

Judson Clarke, knee (season)


Liam Henry is fully fit and available to play his first game since starring at the MCG in Round 2.

Hunter Clark has been cleared of any serious injury, only needing to pass a fitness test at main training on Thursday to assert his eligibility for selection this weekend.

Both Clark and Matthew Allison did not complete Sandringham’s victory over North Melbourne on-field on Sunday

Matthew Allison Ankle Test
Hunter Clark Knee Test
Dan Butler Hamstring 2-3 weeks
Brad Crouch Knee 2-3 weeks
Olli Hotton Ankle 2-3 weeks
James Van Es Ankle TBC


Sam Reid

Sam is recovering well from the stress related pain in his foot. He is expected to start running next week.

Corey Warner

Corey’s ankle sprain is healing well but is still likely to miss two weeks of football.

Tom McCartin

Tom failed an HIA during the match against Greater Western Sydney. As a result, he will not play this weekend in line with the AFL’s protocols.

Callum Mills

Callum’s recovery from the low-grade calf strain is progressing as expected. He has started gym work and some cardio work.

Harry Arnold

Harry is building his running speed and still expected to return in the second half of the season.

Angus Sheldrick

Angus failed an HIA after experiencing delayed symptoms on Monday. He will not play this weekend in line with the AFL’s protocols.


Elliot Yeo “’Yeoy’ got a low-level groin strain out of the weekend. He did run today and he ran pretty well, but he will miss this week.”  High Performance Manager Mat Inness

Oscar Allen Knee 4-5 weeks

Harry Barnett Shin 2-3 weeks

Rhett Bazzo Groin 4-6 weeks

Matt Flynn Knee 2-3 weeks

Elijah Hewett Foot Post-bye

Jayden Hunt Toe Test

Cullum Jamieson Hamstring 3-4 weeks

Noah Long Knee TBC

Zane Trew Concussion Protocol 1 week

Jake Waterman Concussion Protocol 1-2 weeks

Elliot Yeo Groin 1-2 weeks


Tom Liberatore Having suffered two concussions within a short space of time, Tom will be unavailable for an indefinite period as the Club works through a thorough process before a return-to-play plan is determined.

Cody Weightman has successfully undergone surgery on his injured elbow.

He will remain sidelined for at least the next 6-8 weeks.

Nick Coffield also continues to progress well in his recovery following a shoulder reconstruction in March.

Nick Coffield (shoulder) – 5-7 weeks
Cody Weightman (elbow) – 6-8 weeks
Tom Liberatore (concussion) – Indefinite
Aiden O’Driscoll (concussion) – Indefinite
Bailey Smith (ACL) – Season



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5 thoughts on “Injuries – Round 9”

  1. Essendon, North Melbourne and West Coast to be updated when their injury list is released.


  2. If Tom Green is out this week he has to be traded.

    He will drop probably 80k before his bye, have round 8, 10 and 11 scores in his rolling average before the bye in round 12. That means he plays 2 of 4 games and loses money just before prime time to bring him in.


    1. That’s if he only scores 85s for the next two games as well. Expecting a 40-50k drop



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