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League injury update

Bupa Recovery Report: Round 3 Update Hear from Hannah and Andrew as they discuss the latest on our injured Hawks and those fighting to get back in the 22.

ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Kyle Cheney  Hamstring  2 weeks
 Brad Crouch  Osteitis pubis  5-6 weeks
 Matt Crouch  Hamstring  2 weeks
 Sam Gibson  Hamstring  2 weeks
 Alex Keath  Ankle  1-2 weeks
 Alex Keath  Ankle  1-2 weeks
 Andrew McPherson  Groin  5-6 weeks
 Brodie Smith   Knee  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

No new injury concerns for the Crows. Utility Andy Otten will play in the SANFL after overcoming an Achilles injury. Riley Knight (ankle), Curtly Hampton (adductor) and Myles Poholke (hip) all returned in the SANFL last weekend- Lee Gaskin

BRISBANE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Dayne Beams  Illness  Test
 Mitch Hinge  Hamstring  Test
 Marco Paparone   Sciatic nerve  Test
 Jack Payne  Shin  3-4 weeks
 Daniel Rich  Ankle  Test
 Sam Skinner  ACL  TBC
 Toby Wooller  Finger  10 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Beams should be back this week, and Paparone took part in the full session on Tuesday and looks close to a NEAFL return. Rich is listed as a test with his ankle ligament problem but walked away before the main part of Tuesday's session- Michael Whiting 

CARLTON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Ciaran Byrne  Quad  3-4 weeks
 Sam Docherty*  Knee  Season
 Darcy Lang   Ankle   Test  
 Matthew Lobbe  Quad  4 weeks
 Caleb Marchbank  Ankle  4 weeks
 Cillian McDaid  Foot  4-5 weeks
 Jarrod Pickett  Wrist   10 weeks 
 Alex Silvagni  Hamstring  2-3 weeks
 Tom Williamson  Back  3-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Marchbank will miss a month after injuring his right ankle during the first quarter of last Friday night’s match against Collingwood. Lobbe suffered a setback during the Northern Blues’ opening round game last Saturday, straining a quad muscle that will sideline him for a month. The Blues hope ex-Cat Lang is fit for his first game of the season and he is likely to start in the VFL. - Howard Kotton 

COLLINGWOOD

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tim Broomhead   Broken leg    Season
 Tyson Goldsack  Knee  Season
 Levi Greenwood  Knee and quad  Test
 Kayle Kirby    Heart issue  TBC
 Darcy Moore    Hamstring   2-3 weeks
 Josh Smith      Hamstring   Test
 Daniel Wells  Calf  Test
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

The Pies boast a significantly streamlined injury list following the return of a handful of players at AFL and VFL levels on the weekend. Experienced midfielders Wells and Greenwood are nearing returns after long absences from AFL level, while Smith could also be passed fit. Moore's hamstring injury will keep him sidelined for at least another fortnight, and the club continues to monitor Kirby's heart issue. - Ben Collins

ESSENDON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Patrick Ambrose  Wrist  Test
 Travis Colyer  Foot  3-4 weeks 
 Matt Dea  Leg  2-3 weeks
 Aaron Francis  Mental health  TBC
 Martin Gleeson  Ankle  8-10 weeks
 Ben McNiece  Hamstring  1 week
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Essendon could regain key defender Ambrose from his broken wrist this week. The 26-year-old has responded well to surgery and will train this week in a bid to face the Power on Sunday at Etihad Stadium. McNiece is another week away with his hamstring injury, while Colyer has stepped up his training as he recovers from his pre-season foot injury. - Callum Twomey

FREMANTLE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Michael Apeness  Ankle  Test
 Harley Bennell  Calf  TBA
 Sean Darcy  Knee  TBA
 Hugh Dixon  Ankle  TBA
 Stefan Giro  Knee  Test
 Brady Grey  Hamstring  3-4 weeks
 Bradley Hill  Knee  1 week
 Griffin Logue  Foot  TBA
 Lee Spurr  Knee  TBA
 Cam Sutcliffe  Concussion  Test
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

The Dockers are set to be without Darcy for an extended period after he damaged his PCL playing for Peel. He was on crutches at training on Tuesday. Michael Apeness missed about eight weeks last year when he tore the ligament. Bradley Hill is a weekly proposition after narrowly avoiding an ACL rupture in round two and will miss the clash with the Giants. Lee Spurr will miss at least a month after progressing slowly from his medial strain. - Travis King

GEELONG

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Gary Ablett  Hamstring  3-6 weeks
 Nakia Cockatoo  Knee (PCL)  TBC
 Mitch Duncan  Hamstring  Available
 Cam Guthrie  Ankle  TBC
 Lachie Henderson  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Lincoln McCarthy  Quad  1-2 weeks
 Quinton Narkle*  Knee   TBC
 Harry Taylor  Foot  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

LA hamstring strain has been confirmed for Gary Ablett with no exact timeline set for the club. Coach Chris Scott continues to discuss the club's conservative approach this season, expected to result in Ablett miss at least three weeks. Cam Guthrie and Nakia Cockatoo await scan results, both expected to miss at least Sunday's clash with St Kilda at GMHBA Stadium. Midfielder Mitch Duncan was close for the trip west and is a lock to return in the club's first of nine games in their backyard this season. Despite requiring stitches in separate incidents with the Optus Stadium fence, Mark Blicavs and Zach Tuohy will face the Saints. - Mitch Cleary 

GOLD COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Callum Ah Chee  Hamstring  1-2 weeks
 Pearce Hanley  Shoulder  TBC
 Sean Lemmens  Broken hand  4-5 weeks
 Tom Nicholls  Shoulder  TBC
 Peter Wright  Calf  Test
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Hanley will need surgery at some stage, but the Suns are yet to decide whether that is now or later. Wright's"week or two" calf injury is now six weeks and counting with no sign of a NEAFL appearance. Ruckman Nicholls hurt his shoulder in the weekend's NEAFL win and is also set for surgery an extended time out of the game. - Michael Whiting

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Matt Buntine  Knee   1-2 weeks 
 Brent Daniels  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Toby Greene  Hamstring  Test
 Adam Kennedy  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Zac Langdon  Hand  2-3 weeks
 Rory Lobb  Knee  Test
 Tom Scully  Ankle  9-11 weeks
 Will Setterfield  Knee  Season
 Zac Williams  Achilles  Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Greene should be available to face the Dockers if he can get through a full session on Wednesday. The star forward ran well last week but was too much of a risk to play against Sydney. Scans have cleared Lobb of serious injury but he'll be tested before being considered a chance to face Freo. - Adam Curley

HAWTHORN

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Grant Birchall   PCL  9 weeks
 Shaun Burgoyne  Hamstring  2 weeks 
 Jonathan Ceglar   Back  1-2 weeks
 Ryan Schoenmakers  Achilles  Test
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

It seems that Schoenmakers has been troubled by an Achilles for some time and how he manages it determines whether he plays. He trained on Tuesday but will be tested later in the week to determine his availability to take on the Demons. Burgoyne is recovering well from his hamstring strain, while Ceglar is finally getting some continuity on the track and could be only a week away from playing his first game of footy in 20 months. - Ashley Browne

MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tom McDonald  Toe  4-5 weeks
 Pat McKenna  Hamstring  Indefinite
 Aaron vandenBerg  Ankle  Indefinite
 Jack Viney  Foot  4-5 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

There were no new injuries to report out of the AFL or VFL at the weekend. Star pair Jack Viney and Tom McDonald are on a similar program, with McDonald slightly ahead of Viney in his rehab at this point. They will progress to 80-90 per cent intensity with their run throughs this week and start joining in light football work. Youngster Pat McKenna has had a setback with his hamstring and remains out indefinitely, alongside Aaron vandenBerg (ankle). - Ben Guthrie

NORTH MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Taylor Garner  Groin  TBC
 Kyron Hayden  Shoulder  TBC
 Oscar Junker  Concussion  Test
 Robbie Tarrant  Hamstring  Test
 Declan Watson  Knee  Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Tarrant should make the trip to Hobart to face Carlton after being a late withdrawal last week. The Roos' medical staff say it was a precautionary move to keep him out, but he'll still have to pass a fitness test to come back. The injury list is shrinking, but there is no longer an estimated return date for Garner or Hayden. Garner was only one or two weeks away last week, while Hayden was two or three off. - Marc McGowan 

PORT ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 
 Matthew Broadbent  Ankle  TBC  
 Willem Drew  Foot  TBC  
 Cameron Hewett  Shin  TBC  
 Dan Houston  Concussion  Test  
 Jasper Pittard  Hamstring  Test  
 Paddy Ryder  Achilles tendon  3-4 weeks  
 Jimmy Toumpas  Shoulder  Test  
 Ollie Wines  Ankle  Test  
Updated: Monday, April 9

Early prognosis

Wines is expected to be right for Sunday's clash with Essendon at Etihad Stadium. The Power vice-captain rolled his ankle shortly before half-time of last Saturday's win over Brisbane, but returned to finish the game. Houston will also be assessed this week after copping a knock to the head late in the game. Pittard would likely return through the SANFL if he's cleared to play. - Lee Gaskin 

RICHMOND

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nathan Broad  Club suspension  Available
 Josh Caddy  Suspension  Available
 Ben Griffiths  Retired  
 Dion Prestia   Glute   Test 
 Daniel Rioli   Foot  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Prestia will again have to prove his fitness at training this week with the club cautiously optimistic he'll be right to play, despite missing the win over Hawthorn with a sore glute. The glute is a new issue, separate to the hamstring complaint that derailed his pre-season, but it hasn't been classified as an actual "injury" and is considered to be a form of 'accumulated' soreness. He looks to be a 50-50 proposition to play his first game for the season. Broad (after serving his three-match club suspension) and Caddy (a one-match ban for striking Adelaide's David Mackay) are available. Caddy will play, but it's hard to see who Broad knocks out. - Jennifer Phelan

ST KILDA

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nathan Freeman  Hamstring   4-5 weeks
 Doulton Langlands  Glandular fever  1 week
 Billy Longer  Groin  Test
 Daniel McKenzie  Concussion  1 week
 Tim Membrey  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Darren Minchington  Knee  6-8 weeks
 Mav Weller  Hamstring  Test
Updated: Monday, April 9

Early prognosis

Membrey will certainly miss the round four clash with Geelong while Longer and Weller could return. McKenzie is almost a certainty to miss after a nasty knock in the VFL and Freeman is progressing well from hamstring surgery. He is training with footballs and will hopefully join the main group within the next fortnight. - Dinny Navaratnam

SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Jordan Dawson  Quad  Test
 Jordan Foote  Toe  TBC
 Alex Johnson   Groin  Test
 Zak Jones  Calf  Test
 Lewis Melican  Hamstring  2-3 weeks
 Sam Naismith   Knee   Season
 Toby Pink  Ankle  4-6 weeks
 Sam Reid  Hamstring  8 weeks
 Kurt Tippett  Retired  
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

 Early prognosis

Jones did some running at training on Tuesday but wasn't at full pace, so his availability could come down to whether or not he can train fully at Thursday's closed session. Reid's serious hamstring injury will put him out for a couple of months. - Adam Curley 

 

WEST COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Brendon Ah Chee  Ankle  1 week
 Oscar Allen  Shin  1 week
 Hamish Brayshaw  Knee  5 weeks
 Liam Duggan  Hamstring  Test
 Josh Kennedy   Ankle/knee  Test
 Eric Mackenzie   Toe  Indefinite
 Tony Olongo  Knee  2 weeks
 Liam Ryan  Ankle  10-12 weeks
 Nathan Vardy   Adductor  2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

Kennedy is closing in on his highly-anticipated return. He is medically fine to play, now it is up to the club to decide if he needs another week of training under his belt before coming back from ankle and knee surgery. Liam Duggan strode out at top pace on Tuesday and looks fine to return, but the Eagles have lost exciting forward Liam Ryan for up to three months after he heard a crack in his ankle while soccering the go-ahead goal against Geelong. Vardy trained strongly on Tuesday but is still a month away. - Travis King

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Marcus Adams   Ankle   8-9 weeks
 Zaine Cordy  Suspended  Returns round five
 Hayden Crozier  Knee  1 week
 Tom Liberatore  Knee  Season
 Dale Morris  Knee  8-9 weeks
 Liam Picken   Concussion  Indefinite
 Jordan Roughead  Concussion  Test
 Clay Smith  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Jackson Trengove  Shoulder blade  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, April 10

Early prognosis

The Dogs will be hoping ruckman Jordan Roughead will be available after missing last week with concussion. Reliable defender Zaine Cordy is a big loss through suspension ahead of a clash against Buddy Franklin and Sydney. Running defender Hayden Crozier should be available for showdown with his old side Fremantle in round five.  - Ryan Davidson

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs