Injuries – Week 2

Written by Chaos Theory on March 19 2024


Taylor Walker (back) Test

“Tex is really keen to get back out there on Friday night,” High Performance Manager Darren Burgess said.

“We were hoping he would get up (last week) but he had a pretty nasty back spasm and wasn’t able to do much late last week.

Rory Sloane (eye) TBC

Harry Schoenberg (Achilles) 5-7 weeks

Nick Murray (Knee) 9-11 weeks

Riley Thilthorpe (Knee) 11-13 weeks



Tom Doedee – knee- 1 week

Carter Michael – knee – 8 weeks

Zane Zakostelsky – groin – TBC

Darcy Gardiner – knee – (awaiting scan results)

Conor McKenna – hamstring – 4 weeks

Will Ashcroft – knee – TBC

Keidean Coleman – knee – season



Matt Carroll Groin Indefinite
Sam Docherty Knee Season
Caleb Marchbank Illness Indefinite
Jack Martin Knee 1 week
Jesse Motlop Toe Test
Jack Silvagni Knee Season
Sam Walsh Back Indefinite
Jacob Weitering Calf Indefinite



Head of High-Performance Jarrod Wade 

Oscar Steene sustained a knock to the face during last Friday afternoon’s VFL practice match against Port Melbourne, which left him with a concussion and a small fracture of the cheekbone. The 20-year-old entered the AFL’s concussion protocols and will progress through the 1 2-step process, ensuring he is symptom free before returning to play. Maybe mention 12-days protocols

Tom Mitchell will be available for selection for Thursday’s clash, after managing an ankle complaint that saw him miss last Friday’s Round One clash against the Swans. After an extra week of rest, Mitchell has been training well  and returned to top speed, the 30-year-old returns to the available list.

Nathan Kreuger is continuing his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained during the pre-season, returning to 92 percent running speed and becoming involved in non-competitive training drills at the start of the week. The key forward remains on track to return around Round Five.

Harry DeMattia’s recovery from a finger injury is on track, after continuing his running program on the sidelines of training. The 18-year-old marks a key milestone in his recovery from the injury next week as he meets with the surgeon for a review meeting. His training loads are currently high, focusing on his long-term athletic development which has seen him develop size in the gym.

Josh Eyre is four weeks post-surgery on what is a typical 12-week hamstring injury. The tall is completing high volume, slow running, and continue to work through the program with an eye to improve intensity and speed with his expected return to ball work still a number of weeks away.

Nathan Murphy has commenced contact work in a one-on-one setting, as well returning to team training while avoiding high impact, contact. The defender continues to work through his return program with no timeframe set on his return to play.

Dan McStay is making steady progress in his ACL rehabilitation, reaching a personal best for speed last week. McStay will continue to build the number of running sessions he is completing in the coming weeks, moving from the current two a week to three a week following the Easter Break.



Darcy Parish remains a chance to return to action for Essendon this weekend, needing to train fully over the coming days to confirm if he’ll make the trip to face Sydney at the SCG on Saturday night.

Zach Reid is expected to miss the next four weeks after suffering a hamstring strain in the Bombers’ round one win over Hawthorn.

The 21-year-old was subbed out of the contest at half-time after reporting hamstring awareness to fitness staff in the second quarter, with scans this week revealing the full extent of the injury.

Matt Guelfi is also set to miss the next two weeks after straining his calf late in the final term on Saturday.

Jordan Ridley is tracking well in his recovery from a quad strain, eyeing off the Dons’ round three fixture against St Kilda as a likely return date pending how he gets through next week’s training block.

Dylan Shiel completed a full game in the VFL on Saturday, marking a successful playing return from his off-season foot surgery.

Darcy Parish Hamstring Test
Jordan Ridley Quad 1-2 weeks
Matt Guelfi Calf 2-3 weeks
Zach Reid Hamstring 4-6 weeks
Tex Wanganeen Navicular 4-5 weeks
Kaine Baldwin Navicular 12 weeks
Jaiden Hunter ACL Season


High Performance Manager Phil Merriman –

Brennan Cox will undergo surgery on a high-grade hamstring injury on Tuesday as he prepares to spend at least the next three months on the sidelines

Oscar McDonald – further specialist advice is required on the knee injury, who is expected to be sidelined for an extended period

Sean Darcy

“Sean is tracking as planned, he’s on the Alter-G (anti-gravity treadmill) running at about 65-70 per cent of his body weight,” Merriman said.

“He will progress further on the Alter-G and hopefully progress to on-field later in the week.

Jaeger O’Meara (knee) – test

Ethan Stanley (ankle) – 2 weeks
Karl Worner (concussion) – 2 weeks
Nathan O’Driscoll (knee) – 2-3 weeks
Sean Darcy (knee) – 3 weeks
Heath Chapman (hamstring) – 3 weeks
Corey Wagner (calf) – 5-7 weeks
Brennan Cox (hamstring) – 12-14 weeks
Oscar McDonald (knee) – TBA
Odin Jones (concussion) – TBA
Josh Corbett (hip) – Season
Sebit Kuek (knee) – Season



Tanner Bruhn Foot Test

“Tanner had a low-level generalised mid-foot sprain in the first quarter and was able to play the game out and performed really well,” Geelong Cats Assistant General Manager – Football Brett Johnson said.

“Tanner will be assessed this week. We’ll see how he goes at training, and he will be a test this week to play against the Crows.”

Jack Bowes Calf Contusion 1 week

“Jack has been hampered by a really heavy lower-leg contusion (corky) that he got in training,” Johnson said.

“We just want to make sure with Jack that we just re-establish his training loads over the course of this week, and we expect him to be available for selection for Round 3.”

George Stevens Ankle/knee 2-3 weeks

is recovering from a low-grade left ankle and left knee sprain to his medial ligaments which he sustained in Geelong’s VFL practice match against Sandringham on the weekend.

“They’re both low-grade sprains. He’ll be assessed later in the week, but we anticipate George will miss up to 2-3 weeks,” Johnson said.

Gary Rohan Back 3-5 weeks

Joe Furphy Ankle 6 weeks

“Joe, unfortunately, had an ankle issue over the course of pre-season, which has slowed him down a bit, so it’s important with his first year in the program that we get a good training base under him so he can perform when he’s ready to start playing,” Johnson said.

“We anticipate that he’s still six weeks away from playing.

Cameron Guthrie Quad 5-7 weeks

Mitch Edwards Back 6-8 weeks

he’s a young guy who has had a bit of a stress response in his lower back – again, just adapting to AFL training loads.

“We’re going to be really cautious with Mitch and progress his loads over the next six weeks, and at that point, we’ll reassess where he’s at in terms of his readiness to play.”



Alex Davies (hamstring), Jake Rogers (back)and Jed Walter (collarbone) will all train fully this week and be available for selection this weekend.

Lloyd Johnston Hamstring 4 weeks
Lachie Weller Knee +12 weeks



Darcy Jones (ACL) and Cooper Hamilton (foot) returned to the field in the VFL practice match on Saturday following long-term injuries.

Phoenix Gothard will return to contact training this week following a bout of glandular fever. He will continue to increase his training loads and is expected to return to the field in the next 2-3 weeks.

Braydon Preuss, is also closing in on an AFL return as he increases his loads and is expected to return to full training next week following ongoing disc issues in his back.

Joe Fonti is also expected to return to full training next week following a minor glute strain.

James Leake will continue to increase his training following a quad injury and is set to re-join the main group in a couple of weeks.

Callan Ward has also resumed running following his AC joint injury in round one as he looks to return to the field for his 300th game this season.

Joe Fonti Adductor 2 weeks
Braydon Pruess Back 2-3 weeks
Callan Ward Shoulder 5-6 weeks
Isaac Cumming Calf 6-7 weeks
James Leake Quad 6-8 weeks
Nathan Wardius Shin 6-8 weeks
Phoenix Gothard Illness TBC
Adam Kennedy Knee/hamstring TBC


Bailey Macdonald is set to return via the VFL when Box Hill takes on Casey Demons in its season opener this weekend.

Bailey Macdonald Leg Available Available
Cooper Stephens Achilles Test Test
Jack O’Sullivan Foot Unavailable 1-3 weeks
Changkuoth Jiath Hamstring Unavailable 4-5 weeks
Will Day Foot Unavailable 6 weeks
Chad Wingard Achilles Unavailable 7 weeks
Denver Grainger-Barras Toe Unavailable 9-11 weeks
Will McCabe Back Unavailable TBC
James Blanck Knee Unavailable Season



Harrison Petty Toe Available

Ollie Sestan Concussion 1 week

Lachie Hunter Calf 2 weeks

Daniel Turner Hip 5 – 6 weeks

Jake Bowey Shoulder 8 weeks

Charlie Spargo Achilles TBC

Shane McAdam Hamstring TBC

Jake Melksham Knee TBC



Jy Simpkin made it through the Kangas’ main training session on Tuesday morning and will need to be assessed further after another hitout on Thursday, though it’s expected he will be made available for club’s first 2024 home game at Marvel Stadium.

Bigoa Nyuon

Nyuon went down in a marking contest during the fourth quarter of a VFL intraclub, but managed to train with the group on Tuesday in a non-contact capacity.

“Biggie copped a really big knock to his ribs at the weekend,” White said.

“Fortunately, scans look good, though, without revealing any significant damage or broken ribs, which is a positive.

Josh Goater Achilles Season
Griffin Logue Knee 10-12 weeks
Bigoa Nyuon Ribs Test
Jy Simpkin Concussion Test


Tom Scully (knee) – test. Scully will be assessed this week after sustaining a lateral knee sprain during Saturday’s SANFL trial game at Thebarton Oval.
Jed McEntee (concussion protocols)
Tom McCallum (ankle) – 3-4 weeks
Ollie Lord (knee/tibia) – 7-9 weeks
Hugh Jackson (hip) – 12-14 weeks



Mate Colina Back TBC – long term
Liam Fawcett Back TBC – long term
Josh Gibcus ACL Season
Jack Graham Quad 2-3 weeks
Dion Prestia Hamstring TBC
Tylar Young Concussion 1 week



Jack Sinclair

Sinclair, who has been managing a calf niggle for the past month, was ruled out of Round 1 on Thursday morning last week.

“We knew the turnaround between Rounds 1 and 2 was always going to be tough, so ruling out Jack early last week allowed him to fully focus on Round 2,” EGM Football David Misson said.

“While he still has some boxes to tick, we’re hopeful he’ll be available for selection.”

Dan Butler will also be working towards his first on-field appearance for 2024.

“Like Jack, Dan also has to get through training to make himself available. It’s likely that should he get through, his return to play will be through the VFL, but we’re not ruling anything out just yet.”

Liam Stocker will also have to prove his fitness after a collision with Patrick Dangerfield in the second half of Saturday night’s loss.

Matthew Allison is also set for an extended period on the sidelines after injuring his right MCL in a VFL practice game on Saturday.

Liam Stocker Soreness Test
Jack Sinclair Calf Test
Dan Butler Ankle Test
Paddy Dow Knee 2-3 weeks
Jack Hayes Knee 2-3 weeks
Hunter Clark Calf 3-4 weeks
James Van Es Ankle 3-4 weeks
Dougal Howard Hamstring 3-4 weeks
Matthew Allison Knee 8 weeks
Ben Paton Pectoral 12-14 weeks


Luke Parker

Parker’s broken arm is healing well, he has started some non-contact ball drills. He is expected to be assessed in 2 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 is building up his running and is expected to miss 1-2 weeks. 

Harry Arnold

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

Indhi Kirk

Indhi’s appendix surgery has healed well, and he has started running again. He is expected to miss 1 week.

Angus Sheldrick

Angus’ finger is now in a splint after fracturing it in the VFL practice match. He likely to miss 2-3 weeks.



Rhett Bazzo Groin TBC
Jai Culley Knee 2-3 weeks
Harry Edwards Finger Test
Matt Flynn Knee 7-9 weeks
Clay Hall Ankle Test
Elijah Hewett Foot TBC
Archer Reid Knee 5-7 weeks
Liam Ryan Hamstring 2-4 weeks
Dom Sheed Foot 4-6 weeks



James O’Donnell is unavailable for this weekend’s AFL clash with Gold Coast after suffering concussion during a VFL practice match on Saturday.

James O’Donnell Concussion 1 week
Jordan Croft Shins 1-2 weeks
Ryan Gardner Foot 3-4 weeks
Aiden O’Driscoll Concussion Indefinite
Bailey Smith ACL Season

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2 thoughts on “Injuries – Week 2”

  1. West Coast: Oscar Allen scans revealed a bone stress issue in his right knee

    He went for scans on Tuesday, which revealed the stress issue. The club said it would continue to assess Allen’s knee and update his likely return to play in coming weeks.


  2. West Coast: Jai Culley

    “Jai is going really well. He has been in full training the last couple of weeks, so he’s probably another 2 weeks away from hopefully returning to play.”

    High Performance Manager Mat Inness



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