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Around the grounds: Injuries + availabilities

hawthornfc.com.au  March 21, 2018 12:44 PM

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ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Brad Crouch  Groin  6-8 weeks
 Alex Keath  Ankle  1 week
 Riley Knight  Ankle   3-4 weeks
 Andrew McPherson  Groin  TBC
 Brodie Smith   Knee  Indefinite
 Taylor Walker  Foot  1 week
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Crouch has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with groin soreness as a result of the abdominal strain that forced him to miss the JLT Community Series. Forward Riley Knight is another 3-4 weeks away from returning from an ankle injury. Skipper Taylor Walker (foot) and defender Alex Keath (ankle) have both been ruled out of Friday night's clash with Essendon, but are expected to be available for the Grand Final rematch with Richmond in round two. - Lee Gaskin

BRISBANE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Marco Paparone   Hamstring  Test
 Sam Skinner  ACL  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

A fantastic pre-season for the Lions and no major concerns ahead of round one. Skinner is ahead of schedule in his rehab and could be back as early as mid-season, while Paparone is not far away after having surgery to fix up his sciatic nerve problem. - Michael Whiting 

CARLTON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Sam Docherty*   Knee  Season
 Jarrod Garlett   Shoulder   Test 
 Matthew Kreuzer   Ankle   Test 
 Darcy Lang   Ankle   Test  
 Jarrod Pickett  Wrist   12 weeks 
 Sam Rowe  Knee   1-2 weeks 
 Tom Williamson  Back  Test 
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is expected to be available for Thursday's season opener. Kreuzer, who rolled his left ankle in the Blues' final JLT Community Series game against Hawthorn, has been running freely this week. The Blues suffered a big blow at training last Thursday when Jarrod Pickett fractured his wrist, ruling him out for three months. Recruit Jarrod Garlett (shoulder) should be available to face the Tigers, but Darcy Lang(ankle) and Tom Williamson (back) face tests. Veteran defender Sam Rowe is expected to return in round two after recovering from a reconstruction of his right knee. - Howard Kotton 

COLLINGWOOD

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 James Aish  Calf    TBC 
 Jordan De Goey  Hamstring/club suspension  2-3 weeks
 Jamie Elliott  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Alex Fasolo  Shoulder  Available
 Tyson Goldsack  Knee  Season
 Levi Greenwood  Knee  4-5 weeks
 Adam Oxley  Shoulder   TBC
 Daniel Wells  Achilles  Available
Updated: Tuesday, March 20 

Early prognosis

Nathan Buckley said on Tuesday the Magpies had 40 players available to play this weekend, either in Friday's VFL practice match or the AFL season opener against Hawthorn. Elliott and De Goey won't play anywhere as they remain a few weeks away from match practice, while Fasolo and Wells are slated for action against Box Hill. It's not known whether Aish is ready after missing both pre-season games, but Greenwood is well and truly out as complications from his December knee surgery delay his return to any level until at least round four. – Jennifer Phelan

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

 Michael Apeness  Adductor   Test 
 Harley Bennell  Calf  TBC
 Stefan Giro  Knee  4-6 weeks
 Bradley Hill  Quad  Test
 Stephen Hill  Calf  1 week
 Griffin Logue  Foot  Test
 Lee Spurr  Knee  4-6 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

The Dockers have a call to make on Bradley Hill with the reigning Doig medallist pushing to play Port Adelaide coming back from a slight quad strain. His brother Stephen Hill might need game time at Peel before being considered for senior selection after missing all three pre-season hit-outs. Lee Spurr hyperextended his knee and is looking at least a month on the sidelines. Harley Bennell's return date for the Thunder remains unclear nearly five weeks on since his latest calf issue, but Griffin Logue and Michael Apeness will hope to be back this Saturday. – Travis King

GEELONG

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Gary Ablett  Hamstring  Available
 Nakia Cockatoo  Calf  Available
 Patrick Dangerfield    Hamstring  Test
 Lachie Henderson  Knee  3-4 weeks
 Lincoln McCarthy  Quad  2-4 weeks
 Quinton Narkle*  Knee   TBC
 Scott Selwood  Ankle  Test
 Rhys Stanley  Calf  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Friday's session will prove crucial on whether Patrick Dangerfield overcomes a hamstring injury for round one. Nakia Cockatoo has shrugged off a calf complaint, while coach Chris Scott has declared Gary Ablett a certain starter. Rhys Stanley will be hopeful of a return inside a fortnight from the calf he injured in the Cats' final JLT clash on March 11. Lachie Henderson and Lincoln McCarthy ran laps at training on Friday as they push for a return inside a month, while Quinton Narkle has been placed on the long-term injury list after his ACL surgery in June last year. Recruit Stewart Crameri will need more minutes in the VFL before his return to the AFL after a long-term hip complaint. Scott Selwood is a chance to play in the VFL on Sunday. - Mitch Cleary

GOLD COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Aaron Hall  Broken finger  2 weeks
 Pearce Hanley  Shoulder  3-4 weeks
 Sean Lemmens  Hamstring  1-2 weeks
 Harrison Wigg  Ankle  Test
 Peter Wright  Calf  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Hall, Hanley and Lemmens are all unavailable to play North Melbourne in the opening round, while Wright is also unlikely. Stuart Dew has consistently said the Suns would take no chances, and with Sam Day playing well in the JLT Series, he is likely to get the start while Wright gets to 100 percent. Lemmens and Hall could be available as early as round two. - Michael Whiting 

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Matt Buntine  Knee   4 weeks 
 Brent Daniels  Knee  4-6 weeks
 Ryan Griffen  Ankle  TBC
 Jacob Hopper  Groin  Test
 Adam Kennedy  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Tom Scully  Knee  Test
 Will Setterfield  Knee  Season
 Zac Williams  Achilles  Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Veteran Ryan Griffen was a never a chance to play round one, and while Tom Scully (knee) and Jacob Hopper (groin) have improved, they must be only 50/50 at best to face the Western Bulldogs on Sunday. Griffen's ankle is a worry after he missed most of last year and with no set time for his return, he could face another extended tint on the sidelines. - Adam Curley

HAWTHORN

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Grant Birchall   PCL  12 weeks
 Jonathan Ceglar   Back  TBC
 Will Langford  Hand  4 weeks
 Tim O'Brien   Hamstring  Available
 Jonathan O'Rourke  Hamstring  TBC
 Cyril Rioli   Managed  Test
 Liam Shiels  Hamstring  Available
Updated: Tuesday, March 16

Early prognosis

Cyril Rioli is training the house down, as they say, but don't pencil him in as a certain starter against the Pies on Saturday night until the teams are finalised 90 minutes before the game. Returning Hawks have been known to tick all the right boxes in order to play – only for the club to then give them another week just be sure. Jon Ceglar and Jonathan O'Rourke are back on the track but the club has given no indication about when they will resume for Box Hill. Neither played a senior game in 2017 and Ceglar hasn't played since injuring his ACL in August, 2016. Grant Birchall’s chronic knee injuries are now a major concern and the five more games he needs to reach 250 now seem an eternity away. - Ashley Browne

MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Jordan Lewis  Calf  Available
 Tom McDonald  Toe  Test
 Pat McKenna  Hamstring  Indefinite
 Alex Neal-Bullen  Quad  Available
 Clayton Oliver  Knee  Test 
 Aaron vandenBerg  Ankle  Indefinite
 Jack Viney  Foot  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Thursday's main training session will be a crucial one for Tom McDonald and Clayton Oliver. The pair were on light duties on Monday, but will ramp things up to try to prove their fitness for Sunday's game against the Cats. Oliver is the more likely of the two to play after copping a knock to the knee against St Kilda in the second JLT Community Series game. He still needs to train fully on Thursday to confirm himself as a certain starter. McDonald is in considerable doubt and is running out of time to be cleared for round one. - Ben Guthrie

NORTH MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Taylor Garner  Groin  Test
 Kyron Hayden  Shoulder  3-4 weeks
 Oscar Junker  Concussion  Test
 Alex Morgan  Calf  Test
 Declan Mountford  Shoulder  Test
 Declan Watson  Knee  Indefinite
 Sam Wright  Foot  1 week
 Cam Zurhaar  Abdominal   Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

The wait for Sam Wright's return to AFL football will continue for at least another week. Taylor Garner, who completed a modified pre-season program, will have to pass a fitness test to play in round one for just the second time in his career. There was better news for Jed Anderson, who made a successful return from thumb surgery in a VFL practice match at the weekend. - Marc McGowan 

PORT ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 
 Travis Boak  Hamstring    Test   
 Matthew Broadbent  Ankle  4-6 weeks  
 Willem Drew  Foot  TBC  
 Cameron Hewett  Shin  TBC  
 Jasper Pittard  Hamstring  4-5 weeks  
 Sam Powell-Pepper  Shoulder  Test  
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Boak is almost a certain starter to face Fremantle at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, while Powell-Pepper is also a good chance of getting cleared to play. Pittard injured his hamstring in the Power's JLT Series win against Adelaide and has been ruled out for four to five weeks. Broadbent had a second bout of surgery on his troublesome ankle. There's no timeline for his return, but he's expected to miss at least the first month of the season. - Lee Gaskin 

RICHMOND

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nathan Broad  Club suspension  Round four
 Nathan Drummond  Knee    1 week
 Ben Griffiths  Retired  
 Shaun Hampson  Back  1 week
 Bachar Houli  Calf  Test
 Dion Prestia  Hamstring  Test
 Daniel Rioli   Foot  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Dion Prestia is almost certain to miss Thursday night's season opener. The premiership midfielder warmed up with the main group and took part in kicking drills on Tuesday before stepping away and completing his own short run-throughs. Bachar Houli stayed with the main training group and will undergo a late fitness test to determine his availability. Daniel Rioli will miss the early rounds as the Tigers get conditioning into the valuable small forward, while Nathan Drummond is expected to return through the VFL in round two after completing his rehab from a second knee reconstruction. Nathan Broad has been impressive on the track but isn't available for selection until round four. - Nathan Schmook 

ST KILDA

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nathan Freeman  Hamstring   4-6 weeks 
 Billy Longer  Hip  Test
 Darren Minchington  Knee  Indefinite
 Ben Paton  Thumb  2-3 weeks
 Jack Steven  Ankle   Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Steven and Longer are more likely than not to face Brisbane at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon but need to recover well from Thursday's main session. Steven moved well on Tuesday but left midway through training and while Longer took part in a VFL practice game last Friday, he again needs to show his hip niggle isn't too much of a hindrance. Freeman began running late last week after hamstring surgery and Paton is doing ball work after a right thumb operation. Minchington needs knee surgery for a fracture on his injured knee and won't run for about another two months. - Dinny Navaratnam

SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Aliir Aliir   Ankle  Test
 Dan Hannebery  Calf  Test 
 Alex Johnson   Groin/hip  2-3 weeks
 Jarrad McVeigh  Calf  Test 
 Sam Naismith   Knee   Season
 Kurt Tippett  Retired  
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

Both Jarrad McVeigh and Dan Hannebery trained strongly at the SCG on Tuesday and will be tested again at a closed session on Thursday. If they both pull up well they're likely to be available for selection, but McVeigh looks slightly ahead in his preparation and playing both could be a massive risk for the Swans. Aliir Aliir will also be tested Thursday after he missed Tuesday's session, and could be NEAFL-bound after not playing since the first JLT Community Series game. - Adam Curley 

WEST COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Brendon Ah Chee   Ankle  TBC
 Josh Kennedy   Ankle  TBC
 Eric Mackenzie   Toe  TBC 
 Jack Petruccelle  Finger   TBC
 Willie Rioli   Ankle  TBC
 Nathan Vardy   Adductor  TBC
Updated: Friday, March 16

Early prognosis

It's not good news for Nathan Vardy or recruit Brendon Ah Chee after setbacks in their rehabilitations while star goalkicker Josh Kennedy's return could be pushed back until round four after undergoing knee surgery last week. Small forward Willie Rioli was moving well at Tuesday training after rolling his ankle and no longer has strapping on the knee he hurt during AFLX, but the 22-year-old seems behind the eight-ball to be picked in the season opener and could play for East Perth alongside Petruccelle on Saturday. - Travis King

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Marcus Adams  Ankle   10-12 weeks
 Dale Morris  Knee  10-12 weeks
 Liam Picken   Concussion  Indefinite
 Jack Redpath   Suspended  Round two
 Jordan Roughead   Hip  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 20

Early prognosis

It appears only Redpath will be available for the round two clash with Essendon. The club won’t be rushing the recovery of Picken after his second concussion in the past 12 months. - Ryan Davidson

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