Injury List – Rd2

Written by Schwarzwalder on March 27 2018

ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Brad Crouch  Oestitis pubis  5-7 weeks
 Sam Gibson  Hamstring  Test
 Alex Keath  Ankle  Test
 Riley Knight  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Tom Lynch  Side strain  Test
 Andrew McPherson  Groin  TBC
 Brodie Smith  Knee  TBC
 Taylor Walker  Foot  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Walker, Lynch, Gibson and Keath could be available for Thursday night’s blockbuster clash with Richmond at Adelaide Oval. – Lee Gaskin

BRISBANE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Rhys Mathieson  Hamstring  Test
 Marco Paparone  Hamstring  Test
 Daniel Rich  Ankle  TBC
 Mitch Robinson  Suspended  1 week
 Sam Skinner  ACL  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Rich will miss this week and who knows how many more with his ruptured ankle ligament, while Robinson is also unavailable. Mathieson should overcome his hamstring niggle and be available for selection. – Michael Whiting 

CARLTON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Sam Docherty*  Knee  Season
 Matthew Kennedy  Ankle  Test
 Matthew Kreuzer  Groin  Test
 Darcy Lang  Ankle  Test
 Matthew Lobbe  Quad  Test
 Jarrod Pickett  Wrist  11 weeks
 Sam Rowe  Knee  Test
 Alex Silvagni  Hamstring  2-3 weeks
 Tom Williamson  Back  3-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Carlton hopes Kreuzer and Kennedy will be fit to face the Suns on Saturday. Kreuzer spent most of the third quarter receiving treatment last Thursday night and returned in the last quarter, but looked proppy. Kennedy was injured in the first term against the Tigers and played no further part in the game. Shaw has recovered from a hamstring injury and the Blues hope Lang, Lobbe and Rowe will be available for selection, but Silvagni will miss after hurting his hamstring last Thursday and Williamson has not recovered as quickly as hoped from a back complaint. – Howard Kotton

COLLINGWOOD

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Mason Cox  Suspended  Available in round three
 Jordan De Goey  Hamstring  1-2 weeks
 Jamie Elliott  Ankle  1-2 weeks
 Tyson Goldsack  Knee  Season
 Levi Greenwood  Knee  TBC
 Jack Magden  Illness  TBC
 Adam Oxley  Shoulder  1-2 weeks
 Josh Smith  Hamstring  3-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Compounding their round one loss to Hawthorn, the Pies lost forward/ruckman Cox (suspension) and runner Smith (hamstring). Elliott and De Goey aren’t expected to make their way back through the VFL just yet. Greenwood is well and truly out with complications – including issues with his quad – arising from his December knee surgery and a fresh bout of soreness that flared last week. Goldsack’s knee was reconstructed last week. – Ben Collins

ESSENDON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Travis Colyer  Foot  5-6 weeks
 Orazio Fantasia  Knee  1-2 week
 Aaron Francis  Mental health  TBC
 Marty Gleeson  Ankle  12-14 weeks
 Jayden Laverde  Hamstring  2-3 weeks
 Kobe Mutch  Knee  Test
 Darcy Parish  Sorness  TBC
Updated: Wednesday, March 19

Early prognosis

Orazio Fantasia is the big omission for round one, but the Bombers hope his knee injury won’t keep him out for too much longer beyond that. Martin Gleeson will be out for 3-4 months with that ankle injury, while Jayden Laverde’s hamstring strain should only see him unavailable for a couple of weeks into the season. The Bombers were keeping quiet on why Darcy Parish needed scans on Monday, but they were precautionary and he should be fine to play against Adelaide on Friday night. – Callum Twomey

FREMANTLE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Harley Bennell  Calf  TBA
 Stefan Giro  Knee  3-5 weeks
 Stephen Hill  Calf  Test
 Griffin Logue  Foot  TBC
 Tom North  Shoulder  Test
 Lee Spurr  Knee  3-5 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

The Dockers could have a decision to make whether Hill needs a game at Peel before returning to the senior outfit after missing all three pre-season games and round one. Giro was spotted in a heavy brace at Peel on Saturday, while North missed the big win over the Royals with a shoulder stinger. Logue also didn’t play but watched from the sidelines, and his return date is currently unclear. – Travis King

GEELONG

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Patrick Dangerfield  Hamstring  Available
 Cam Guthrie Groin Test
 Lachie Henderson  Knee  2 weeks
 Lincoln McCarthy  Quad  1-2 weeks
 Quinton Narkle*  Knee  TBC
 Mark O’Connor  Ankle  Test
 Scott Selwood  Ankle  Available
 Rhys Stanley  Calf  Available
 Tom Stewart  Ankle  Test
 Harry Taylor  Foot  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Taylor’s plantar fascia injury will stretch the Geelong backline as the club works through his timeline for return. Coach Chris Scott said Guthrie and Stewart were both sore during Sunday’s win over Melbourne but were able to play out the match. Stanley returned ahead of schedule to kick four goals in the VFL, two weeks after injuring his calf in the second JLT match. A late out a day before the clash with the Demons, O’Connor completed a running session on Monday. Selwood played 70 per cent in the VFL and “surprised” Scott with his speedy return. Henderson continues to build his running base while McCarthy has re-joined the main group. – Mitch Cleary

GOLD COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Aaron Hall  Broken finger  Test
 Pearce Hanley  Shoulder  1-2 weeks
 Sean Lemmens  Hamstring  Test
 Harrison Wigg  Ankle  Test
 Peter Wright  Calf  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

The troops should be on the way back for the Suns. Hall is training and will be available this weekend, although whether he plays seniors or reserves is still in the air. Lemmens will play reduced minutes in the NEAFL practise match, as will Wigg, who will pull the Suns colours on for the first time. Wright might have to wait another week. – Michael Whiting

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Matt Buntine  Knee  3 weeks
 Brent Daniels  Knee  3-5 weeks
 Ryan Griffen  Ankle  TBC
 Adam Kennedy  Knee  3-5 weeks
 Tom Scully  Knee  Test
 Will Setterfield  Knee  Season
 Zac Williams  Achilles  Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Wingman Scully will be back to face Collingwood after overcoming a knee issue. The Giants chose to be conservative last week but if he gets through Wednesday’s main training session he will play his first game of the season. – Adam Curley

HAWTHORN

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Grant Birchall  PCL  11 weeks
 Ryan Burton  Ankle  Test
 Jonathan Ceglar  Back  TBC
 Will Langford  Hand  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Burton is making a speedy recovery from a rolled ankle on Saturday night that looked horrific at the time and is rated a genuine chance to get up for the big Easter Monday showdown with Geelong at the MCG. Langford could be back sooner with a return to matchplay, at least at VFL level, as a possibility for next week. Ruckman Ceglar is back training after a back injury but not yet ready to take part in games, while defender Birchall has once again started his rehab after a knee cartilage clean-out and the Hawks remain hopeful he will be back mid-season. Ashley Browne

MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tom McDonald  Toe  6-8 weeks
 Pat McKenna  Hamstring  Indefinite
 Christian Salem  Neck  Test
 Aaron vandenBerg  Ankle  Indefinite
 Jack Viney  Foot  6-8 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Melbourne revealed late last week that star pair McDonald and Viney would miss the best part of two months with foot issues. McDonald and Viney both had cortisone injections late last week and will be ‘off legs’ for a fortnight as they continue their rehab process. Salem had an awkward fall against Geelong and was assessed for concussion. After being cleared, he played out the game with a sore neck. The Demon is expected to train fully on Wednesday and make the trip to Brisbane. – Ben Guthrie

NORTH MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Taylor Garner  Groin  1 week
 Kyron Hayden  Shoulder  1-2 weeks
 Oscar Junker  Concussion  Test
 Braydon Preuss  Knee  Test
 Declan Watson  Knee  Season
 Josh Williams  Concussion  Test
 Sam Wright  Foot/ankle  Test
 Cam Zurhaar  Hip  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Wright will make his long-awaited comeback in a VFL practice match against Collingwood on Saturday night and the plan is for him to play multiple matches at that level. But Garner is out for another week as his groin problem lingers. Williams and Preuss picked up fresh injuries in the VFL last weekend. – Marc McGowan

PORT ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Matthew Broadbent  Ankle  TBC
 Willem Drew  Foot  TBC
 Cameron Hewett  Shin  TBC
 Jasper Pittard  Hamstring  3-4 weeks
 Jared Polec  Adductor  Assess
 Paddy Ryder  Achilles  5-6 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

All Australian ruckman Ryder will miss up to six weeks with Achilles tendinitis. He missed five weeks with a similar complaint in 2015. Polec experienced soreness in his adductor during the Power’s round one win against Fremantle. – Lee Gaskin

RICHMOND

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nathan Broad  Club suspension  Round four
 Trent Cotchin  Migraine  Available
 Nathan Drummond  Knee  Available
 Ben Griffiths  Retired
 Shaun Hampson  Back  Available
 Bachar Houli  Calf  Available
 Dion Prestia  Hamstring  Available
 Daniel Rioli  Foot  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Cotchin will play in the Grand Final rematch despite being treated in hospital on Sunday night for a migraine. He trained on Tuesday, along with Houli, who will also line up. Prestia is more likely to play in Friday’s VFL practice match and be available the following week. Drummond and Hampson are also slated to appear in the hit-out against Box Hill following lengthy lay-offs. Rioli has taken a step in his rehabilitation from a broken foot by ramping up his skill work and is working towards joining in full training. Broad will be available in round four after serving his club-imposed suspension. – Jennifer Phelan

ST KILDA

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nathan Freeman  Hamstring  3-6 weeks
 Darren Minchington  Knee  Indefinite
 Ben Paton  Thumb  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Freeman has been running after a hamstring operation and Paton’s right thumb after surgery is coming along well. Minchington will be out for an extended period. – Dinny Navaratnam

SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Aliir Aliir  Ankle  1 week
 Alex Johnson  Groin/hip  1-2 weeks
 Sam Naismith  Knee  Season
 Sam Reid  Hamstring  Test
 Gary Rohan  Personal reasons  TBC
 Kurt Tippett  Retired
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

Hannebery (calf) is likely to be back to face Port Adelaide, but Reid is in doubt again. He’ll continue his running program on Wednesday so could miss again, while Aliir is likely another week away. Rohan is another set to miss as he awaits the birth of twins. – Adam Curley

WEST COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Brendon Ah Chee  Ankle  3-4 weeks
 Josh Kennedy  Ankle/knee  3-4 weeks
 Eric Mackenzie  Toe  Indefinite
 Nathan Vardy  Adductor  5-7 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

The Eagles are understood to have escaped unscathed from their season opener against Sydney and didn’t appear to have any fresh injury concerns from East Perth’s practice match. The worrying news was Kennedy pushing back his likely return date by a week, meaning he might not be back until round five against former club Carlton at the MCG. – Travis King

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Marcus Adams  Ankle  10-11 weeks
 Kieran Collins  Ankle  4-5 weeks
 Hayden Crozier  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Tom Liberatore  Knee  Season
 Dale Morris  Knee  10-11 weeks
 Liam Picken  Concussion  Indefinite
 Clay Smith  Knee  3-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 27

Early prognosis

The loss of Liberatore for the year is a devastating blow to the Dogs’ chances of returning to September. While his injury is only short-term, Crozier has impressed in his short time at the Whitten Oval and will be hard to replace across half-back. The return of Jack Redpath will give the dysfunctional forward line some structure.Ryan Davidson

*Placed on the club’s long-term injury list

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  1. Whilst I hear that the following rookies may NOT play this week, due to either poor performance and/or returning stars, obviously please check for yourselves as teams are announced. It is no more than conjecture at this point, but thought it may be useful to point out what I’ve heard so that we can all make plans should any of it eventuate:

    ADELAIDE
    L Murphy and D Fogarty

    BRISBANE
    T Bell (not a rookie, but is apparently to make way for Mathieson)

    GWS
    Z Giles-Langdon (IN: Scully)

    RICHMOND
    None – but Higgins is close to debut apparently (1-2weeks)

    If not mentioned, then they are either safe or I haven’t heard anything. As i said at the top of the piece, KEEP an eye obviously.

    I also heard,
    O’Connor may start for Geelong, Gregson likely to be dropped.
    Houli (RIC) likely to replace either C. Ellis or Grimes.

    That’s all from me. Hope it may help with some pre-planning for those affected.

    Cheers
    Oli

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      1. I just know a couple of people at RIC, MEL and GEE. I don’t ask questions … but they tend to be right a lot of the time.

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