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Injury list update

JLT2: Lewis 'Few more four quarter efforts' Mitch Lewis spoke to Hawks Media following the last pre-season match of the year.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jack Gunston of the Hawks in action during the 2018 AFL First Semi Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Jack Gunston is making strong progress in his injury recovery.

ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Luke Brown  Ankle  7 weeks
 Jordan Gallucci  Foot  Test
 Elliott Himmelberg  Foot  Test
 Andrew McPherson  Groin  1 week
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Defender Brown is the only player in the Crows' best 22 unavailable for round one. Midfielder/forward Gallucci has been managing a foot injury and should return for next week's SANFL trial against Port Adelaide. Key position player Himmelberg has been tracking well after dealing with a plantar fascia injury. Half-back flanker McPherson is also set to make his return from a groin injury that he's carried most of the pre-season. - Lee Gaskin

BRISBANE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Marcus Adams  Knee  3 weeks
 Tom Fullarton  Hamstring  Test
 Darcy Gardiner  Knee  Test
 Connor McFadyen  Foot  Test
 Jack Payne  Shin  5-6 weeks
 Nick Robertson  Hamstring  Test
 Brandon Starcevich  Hamstring  3-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Looking more likely that Gardiner will play in round one with a good progression from his PCL injury. Brisbane has one final match simulation on Friday and some good minutes there might get the versatile defender over the line. Adams is back running well and only a few weeks away, while Robertson should also be available for the first round, although likely in a NEAFL practice match. - Michael Whiting 

CARLTON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Sam Docherty  Knee  Indefinite
 Matthew Kennedy  Shoulder  Test
 Matthew Kreuzer  Knee  Test
 Darcy Lang  Foot  TBC
 Harrison Macreadie  Back  TBC
 Caleb Marchbank  Back  TBC
 Jarrod Pickett  Knee  Indefinite
 Tom Williamson  Back  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

After knee surgery in January, Kreuzer is building his training loads and is touch-and-go for round one. Tough onballer Kennedy was close to playing in the VFL last Sunday, while Alex Fasolo was back after recovering from a broken left arm. Marchbank, Macreadie, Williamson and Lang won't be available for the season opener against the Tigers. - Dinny Navaratnam

COLLINGWOOD

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Taylor Adams  Finger  3-4 weeks
 Tim Broomhead   Leg    1-2 weeks
 Jordan De Goey  Foot  Available
 Lynden Dunn  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Will Hoskin-Elliott  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Sam Murray  Provisional ASADA suspension  TBC
 Ben Reid  Quad  TBC
 Matt Scharenberg  Knee  Indefinite
 Jaidyn Stephenson  Groin  Available
 Daniel Wells  Foot  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Pies coach Nathan Buckley expects De Goey and Stephenson to be fit for the round one clash with Geelong, but Hoskin-Elliott and Adams will be sidelined. Dunn is back in full training, while Wells has made a breakthrough in his recovery from the Lisfranc injury that sidelined him for the bulk of last season. A longer-term view will be taken with Scharenberg as he returns from a third knee reconstruction. - Ben Collins

ESSENDON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Josh Begley  Knee  TBC
 Matt Dea  Knee  5-6 weeks
 Orazio Fantasia  Corked quad  Available
 Cale Hooker  Calf  4-6 weeks
 Martin Gleeson  Ankle  TBC
 Tom Jok  Concussion  Test
 Kobe Mutch  Ankle  Test
 Mason Redman  Ankle  TBC
 Dylan Shiel  Corked quad  Available
Updated: Tuesday, March 5

Early prognosis

Hooker injured the soleus muscle in his calf at training and is now expected to miss up to six weeks. It follows an interrupted pre-season with a niggling hamstring complaint. Shiel (quad) should play against Geelong in the club's second JLT Community Series, while Fantasia (quad) should also face the Cats. Jok (concussion) has been ruled out for the game with some symptoms still lingering. – Ben Guthrie

FREMANTLE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Harley Bennell  Calf  TBC
 Connor Blakely  Hamstring  TBC
 Brennan Cox  Hamstring  TBC
 Hugh Dixon  Hip  2 weeks
 Bradley Hill  Calf  Test
 Stephen Hill  Quad  TBC
 Nat Fyfe  Elbow  Test
 Shane Kersten  Foot  TBC
 Griffin Logue  Hamstring  TBC
 Brandon Matera  Suspension  Round 1
 Aaron Sandilands  Calf  TBC
 Sam Switkowski  Hamstring  TBC
 Matt Taberner  Calf/hamstring  TBC
 Luke Valente  Groin  2 weeks
 Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

The Dockers' wretched run of soft-tissue injuries continued when tall forwards Cox and Taberner suffered setbacks on Sunday, adding to a concerning injury list heading into round one. Fremantle hopes Taberner's injury is only tightness but Cox looks set to miss several weeks, after Logue and Switkowski went down in the JLT1 loss to Collingwood. In better news, Fyfe is a certain starter to boost a youthful midfield in round one after missing both practice games. Travis King 

GEELONG

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nakia Cockatoo  Adductor  Test
 Lachie Fogarty  Hip  3-4 weeks
 Scott Selwood  Hamstring  Test
 Zac Smith  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Harry Taylor  Concussion  Test
 Zach Tuohy  Knee  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 5

Early prognosis

Taylor will be monitored ahead of Thursday night after suffering a head knock in the first term against West Coast last week. Tuohy's knee complaint has him touch and go for round one, clocking up big hours of cross-training in the gym. After overcoming back concerns, Smith has succumbed to a knee injury that will rule him out of contention for the season opener. Selwood has been watched closely in the past fortnight but is expected to take part in a VFL practice match next week. Cockatoo continues to build his fitness base, looking to avoid any soft tissue hiccups. Fogarty's hip surgery has him eyeing a return in the first month of the season. - Mitch Cleary

GOLD COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Josh Corbett  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Corey Ellis  Groin  1-2 weeks
 Sean Lemmens  Ankle  5-7 weeks
 Jack Leslie  Knee  2-4 weeks
 Izak Rankine  Hamstring  6-8 weeks
 Josh Schoenfeld  Ankle  2-4 weeks
 Rory Thompson  Knee  Season
 Harrison Wigg  Knee  Season
 Aaron Young  Ankle  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

The problems haven't taken long to mount for the Suns with bad news on Rankine and Young early in the week. Ellis and Corbett are both chances to be available for round one but neither has played a match during the pre-season and would likely kick off their campaigns in a NEAFL practice match. - Michael Whiting

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Toby Greene  Ankle  Test
 Nick Haynes  Back  2-3 weeks
 Zac Langdon  Foot  5-6 weeks
 Shane Mumford  Suspended  Round 3
 Jon Patton  Knee  Mid-May
 Callan Ward  Knee  6 weeks
Updated: Thursday, March 7

Early prognosis

Greene is a chance to return in GWS's second JLT Community Series game against Adelaide on Friday night, but even if he doesn't play the Giants have little doubt he'll be fit for their round clash against Essendon. Haynes, however, remains touch and go for the season opener as he continues to recover from a back complaint. Langdon will make a delayed start to the season after injuring a Lisfranc joint at training last week, while Patton will fly to Philadelphia within the next fortnight to continue his recovery from his third knee reconstruction. The key forward has resumed running and his US trip is primarily designed to break up the drudgery of his lengthy rehabilitation. Barring last-minute hiccups, Tomlinson (calf) and Kelly (knee and hip) will play their first games of the year on Friday night against the Crows. - Nick Bowen

HAWTHORN

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Grant Birchall   Knee   Indefinite
 Jack Gunston  ITB soreness  Test
 Tom Mitchell  Leg  Season
 Tom Scully  Ankle  Indefinite
 Chad Wingard  Calf  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

A setback with his calf injury will see Wingard miss round one with the club hopeful he’ll be fit to make his debut in the early rounds of the season. Vice-captain Gunston missed both of the Hawks' JLT games with iliotibial band soreness, but should be available for the club’s round one clash against Adelaide in round one. Veteran Birchall and recruit Scully took part in some match simulation last week and are progressing well but the club won’t put a timeline on their returns, although Birchall is expected to return in the first half of the season. Nat Edwards

MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Jeff Garlett  Shoulder  4-6 weeks
 Mitch Hannan  Knee  8-12 weeks
 Nathan Jones  Hamstring  Available
 Kade Kolodjashnij  Adductor  3-4 weeks
 Steven May  Hamstring  Available
 Jake Lever  Knee  12-16 weeks
 Jake Melksham  Hamstring  Available
 Jack Viney  Foot  Available
 Guy Walker  Shoulder  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 5

Early prognosis

Garlett has avoided surgery on his right shoulder but he'll still miss between 4-6 weeks as part of his recovery. Hannan will start running next week and the hope is he will be able to progress his training loads to get back to playing quickly. Lever has returned from his trip to the US where he visited sports injury specialist Bill Knowles and will look to re-join full training in the coming weeks. Viney, Jones, May and Melksham are expected to play some football this weekend – although it could be in the VFL. – Ben Guthrie

NORTH MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Jed Anderson  Hamstring  Test
 Ben Cunnington  Thigh  Test
 Majak Daw  Pelvis/hips  Indefinite
 Sam Durdin  Finger  5-7 weeks
 Taylor Garner  Hamstring  Test
 Ben Jacobs  Sinusitis  Indefinite
 Jamie Macmillan  Calf  Test
 Robbie Tarrant              AC joint      1-2 weeks
 Scott Thompson  Suspended  Round two
 Will Walker  PCL  Indefinite
 Marley Williams  Calf  Test
 Sam Wright  Concussion/quad  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Cunnington should be fine for the Kangaroos' round one date with Fremantle. Macmillan was also left out of JLT2, but the seriousness of it remains to be seen. Williams was sitting on the bench with ice on his right calf by early in the second term on Saturday, but Brad Scott said post-match it was a precautionary move. Wrighthad a rough day, too, with multiple issues, but he has 11 days to recover in time for North's season opener. Anderson hasn't played a practice game, so he must be in doubt, while Tarrant is also in a race against time to solidify an injury and suspension-ravaged Roos' backline. – Marc McGowan

PORT ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Joe Atley  Knee  3 weeks
 Matthew Broadbent  Ankle  Test
 Charlie Dixon  Leg  3-5 weeks
 Hamish Hartlett  Knee  3-4 weeks
 Sam Hayes  Knee  TBC
 Riley Grundy  Knee  6-8 weeks
 Paddy Ryder  Ankle  TBC
 Ollie Wines  Shoulder  3-5 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 5

Early prognosis

Co-captain Wines and key forward Dixon will miss the start of the season. The Power are hopeful they'll be available in the first month of the competition. Vice-captain Hartlett will need to get a couple of runs under his belt in the SANFL before returning from a torn ACL. Ruckman Ryder rolled his ankle in the JLT Community Series game against Adelaide last weekend, but the injury isn't expected to be serious. Defender Broadbenthad his workloads managed in his return from ankle surgery, however he should be available this week. Lee Gaskin

RICHMOND

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Josh Caddy  Ankle  3-7 weeks
 Jason Castagna  Ankle  1-2 weeks
 Ryan Garthwaite  Achilles  1-2 weeks
 Shaun Grigg  Knee  Indefinite
 Dylan Grimes  Corked glute  TBC
 Tom Lynch  PCL  2-4 weeks
 Jacob Townsend  Thigh  1-2 weeks
 Nick Vlastuin  Jarred knee  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

There'll be a handful of Tigers racing the clock for round one selection, with Lynch and Castagna the first-choice players most under the pump. Grimes and Vlastuin picked up minor injuries in the second JLT match but should be right for round one. Grigg remains some way back, starting to build his training loads after being sidelined with a joint issue in his knee. - Sarah Black

ST KILDA

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nathan Brown  Suspended  Round 2
 Jack Bytel  Back  Season
 Jake Carlisle  Back  Indefinite
 Oscar Clavarino  Ankle  4-6 weeks
 Dan Hannebery  Hamstring  1-3 weeks
 Max King  Knee  6-12 weeks
 Doulton Langlands  Hamstring  1-2 weeks
 Billy Longer  Hamstring  1-2 weeks
 Paddy McCartin  Concussion  TBC
 Dylan Roberton  Heart  TBC
 Jack Steven  Mental health  Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Roberton and McCartin both spent Sunday night in hospital after serious health concerns. Steven is back training, so he seems likely to return early in the season. Acres (back) and McKenzie (heel) both lined up for Sandringham last Sunday while Pierce has recovered from concussion. Dinny Navaratnam

SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Darcy Cameron  Knee  Test
 Ollie Florent  Foot  1-2 weeks
 Lance Franklin  Groin  2-4 weeks
 Kieren Jack  Knee  Test
 Zak Jones  Knee  Test
 Matthew Ling  Toe  Indefinite
 Jack Maibaum  Knee  Season
 Daniel Menzel  Groin  2-4 weeks
 Sam Naismith  Knee  4-8 weeks
 Nick Smith  Hamstring   2-4 weeks
 Durak Tucker  Knee  Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, March 5

 Early prognosis

Young gun Florent hurt a foot in last Saturday's loss to Greater Western Sydney. Franklin increased his training in the past week as he aims for a round one return. Reliable defender Smith isn't back with the main group yet as he deals with a hamstring complaint. Jones and Jack are doing everything and both are in line to face Gold Coast on Sunday. McVeigh didn't play last week as the Swans manage the 33-year-old's workload but is a reasonable chance to take the field against the Suns. Cameron is dealing with a knee niggle sustained in the Swans' practice match against Greater Western Sydney a fortnight ago. - Dinny Navaratnam

 

WEST COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Jamie Cripps  Toe  2-3 weeks
 Andrew Gaff  Suspended  Round 3
 Josh Kennedy  Foot  Test
 Nic Naitanui  Knee  3-4 months
 Will Schofield  Quad  Test
 Brad Sheppard  Hamstring  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Kennedy took part in some brief match simulation work last week and is aiming to run around in an intraclub this Friday before putting his hand up for the season-opening trip to Brisbane. Cripps is an outside chance of being on the plane after ramping up his training recently, while Schofield and Sheppard are dealing with corkies but should be available for round one on March 23. Travis King

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tom Boyd  Back  10-12 weeks
 Bailey Dale  Ankle  1-2 weeks
 Jason Johannisen  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Lin Jong  Hamstring  5-6 weeks
 Buku Khamis  Knee  4-6 weeks
 Liam Picken  Concussion  Indefinite
 Lukas Webb  Neck  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 5

Early prognosis

Boyd's ongoing back injury is expected to sideline him until at least the mid-season bye in a major blow to the Dogs' tall stocks. Jong and Khamis continue to recover as planned from setbacks suffered in match simulation, while Dale's ankle has meant he hasn't been able to fill the desired amount of training to play round one.Johannisen remains on a modified program, and is expected to return to full sessions in the first fortnight of the season. Webb is on track to re-join contact training in the next fortnight. Mitch Cleary

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