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Injury list: round 15


with Dr Peter Larkins

Doc Larkins, footy's first and most respected media medico, gives his take on the injury lists of all 18 AFL clubs. He writes exclusively every week for

Player Injury Estimated Return
Lewis Johnston Knee Test
Brodie Martin Ankle 2-3 weeks
Jared Petrenko Shoulder TBC
Brent Reilly Shoulder TBC
Taylor Walker Knee Season

The Doc says: Reilly has a badly dislocated right shoulder and scans will confirm significant damage. The Crows may decide on corrective surgery to avoid any risk of recurrence this year. Petrenko is likely to be ready for a senior return – he didn't play in the SANFL but got through main training last week. Johnston may return via SANFL this week. 

 Brisbane Lions
Player Injury Estimated Return
Claye Beams Knee Season
Daniel Merrett Groin Test
Jared Polec Ankle Available
Stephen Wrigley Knee Season

The Doc says: Merrett is unlikely after being a late withdrawal last week with a groin- these can take two-three weeks to heal fully. Polec played in the NEAFL on the weekend. 

Player Injury Estimated Return
Josh Bootsma Hamstring 2-3 weeks
Andrew Carrazzo Calf Available
David Ellard Calf 1 week
Patrick McCarthy Foot 5 weeks
Marc Murphy  Cheekbone Test
Rhys O'Keeffe Foot Indefinite
Simon White Ankle Test

The Doc says: Bootsma has a low-grade hamstring strain and will miss two to three weeks. Murphy is likely to train fully but may consider wearing a protective helmet type with cheekbone padding if selected – if it's not this week then he's likely for round 16. White is an outside chance and Carrazzo played VFL and will push for senior return. 

Player Injury Estimated Return
Dayne Beams Quad Test
Alan Didak Calf 1-2 weeks
Alex Fasolo Foot Indefinite
Jack Frost Knee 1-2 weeks
Tyson Goldsack Hip Test
Michael Hartley Shoulder Season
Ben Johnson Calf  1-2 weeks
Darren Jolly Toe Test
Ben Reid Hamstring Test
Dale Thomas Ankle Indefinite
Alan Toovey Knee Season

The Doc says: Beams (14 weeks out) and Goldsack (nine weeks) are likely to return in the VFL after both have missed lengthy periods. Jolly is an outside chance but Reid probably won't risk his hammy until next week. 

Player Injury Estimated Return
Stewart Crameri Ankle Test
Dustin Fletcher Groin Test
Heath Hocking Calf 1-2 weeks

The Doc says: Crameri will need time for his right ankle lateral ligament tear to settle - the club expects him to be tested this week but he is most doubtful to be right to play. Hocking will miss at least two weeks while Fletcher (round 11 adductor) was always likely to miss 2-3 weeks but is now ready to test later in the week. 

Player Injury Estimated Return
Michael Barlow Jaw Test
Kepler Bradley Knee Season
Paul Duffield Calf 2 weeks
Max Duffy Knee Test
Jonathon Griffin Knee Season
Sam Menegola Knee 6 weeks
Craig Moller Quad Test
Anthony Morabito Knee 2 weeks
David Mundy Calf Test
Matthew Pavlich Achilles Test
Aaron Sandilands Hamstring Test

The Doc says: Sandilands may play in the WAFL for part of match after missing three months. Duffield will miss two-three weeks at a minimum but Barlow and Mundy may be tested – Barlow is more likely. Pavlich could be a surprise selection if he trains fully all week. 

Player Injury Estimated Return
Paul Chapman Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Josh Cowan Hamstring Test
Lincoln McCarthy Foot 1-2 weeks
Hamish McIntosh Achilles 2-3 weeks
Daniel Menzel Knee Season
Jared Rivers Knee Test
Jackson Sheringham Shoulder, hamstring 1-2 weeks
Jackson Thurlow Fractured jaw 2-3 weeks
Travis Varcoe Shoulder Test

The Doc says: Rivers should play in the VFL but Varcoe may have another week at training and then play VFL. Thurlow broke his zygoma (cheekbone) in the VFL and required surgery to correct a depression – he could play in three weeks. 

  Gold Coast
Player Injury Estimated Return
Charlie Dixon Ankle Test
Jesse Lonergan Hamstring Test
Tom Lynch Knee Indefinite
Brandon Matera Ankle Season
Michael Rischitelli Elbow Indefinite
Henry Schade Ankle TBC
Zac Smith Knee Season

The Doc says: Dixon (round six ankle) has been surprisingly slow but must be ready to push this week. Lonergan has missed five weeks and should train fully. 

  Greater Western Sydney
Player Injury Estimated Return
Dean Brogan Back Test
Rhys Palmer Foot Test
Jonathon Patton Knee Season
Andrew Phillips Hamstring 4 weeks

The Doc says: The Giants have a pretty healthy list this week. Palmer was not ready as expected last week but should be available. Brogan is an outside chance if needed. 

Player Injury Estimated Return
Jed Anderson Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Max Bailey Knee Test
Grant Birchall Knee 3-5 weeks
Xavier Ellis Calf TBC
Amos Frank Knee 3-5 weeks
Josh Gibson Neck Available
Brent Guerra Back Test
Paul Puopolo Quad Test
Cyril Rioli Hamstring Test
Ryan Schoenmakers Knee Season
Liam Shiels Ankle 2-4 weeks
Matthew Spangher Hamstring 2-3 weeks
Matt Suckling Knee Season
Alex Woodward Knee Season

The Doc says: Gibson was extremely lucky to avoid a serious neck injury after his flexion/impact landing against the Lions. Ellis will likely miss three-four games with a calf strain. Shiels has a sore right ankle andwill miss two-three weeks at a minimum. Puopolo must still be in doubt but Guerra is likely. Rioli is the dilemma – has missed 10 weeks and badly lacks match condition – will more likely play in the VFL.


Player Injury Estimated Return
Rohan Bail Knee 2-4 weeks
Sam Blease Ankle Test
Mitch Clark Foot Indefinite
Michael Evans Foot 3 weeks
Jack Grimes Collarbone Available
Mark Jamar Toe 4 weeks
Joel Macdonald Toe Available
Jordie McKenzie Elbow Test
Nathan Stark Ankle 2-3 weeks
Jack Viney Toe Test

The Doc says: Blease has a sore ankle and may struggle to recover fully this week. McKenzie will face a test as will Grimes but both are slight chances only. Jamar will miss another month of match conditioning but Viney is likely to play in round 16. 

  North Melbourne
Player Injury Estimated Return
Tom Curran Foot Season
Max Warren Collarbone 4-6 weeks

The Doc says: The Roos have the healthiest list in the AFL with Warren (VFL clavicle fracture) the only new concern. 

  Port Adelaide
Player Injury Estimated Return
Travis Boak Rolled ankle Available
Dom Cassisi Hamstring 3-4 weeks
Sam Colquhoun Hamstring Available
Brett Ebert Adductor TBC
Tom Logan Shin Test
Kane Mitchell Ankle Test
Jarrad Redden Shoulder Season

The Doc says: Cassisi has had yet another hammy setback (No.3 this year) and is likely to need rehab for three-four weeks minimum. Ebert is in doubt with a sore adductor from the weekend but Boak and Logan are both likely to recover. 

Player Injury Estimated Return
David Astbury Hamstring Test
Ben Darrou Jaw 3-4 weeks
Dylan Grimes Foot 2-3 weeks
Chris Knights Knee Season
Ivan Maric Groin Test
Nick Vlastuin Shin Test
Cadeyn Williams Shoulder Season

The Doc says: Vlastuin and Astbury should return and will be training this week – Vlastuin is more likely to play. Maric is only an outside chance this week. 

 St Kilda
Player Injury Estimated Return
Jason Blake Calf 1 week
Jackson Ferguson Knee 6 weeks
Sam Fisher Toe Season
Sam Gilbert Knee 4-5 weeks
Beau Maister Hamstring 5-6 weeks
Daniel Markworth ACL Season
Dylan Roberton Ankle Test
Adam Schneider Hamstring 1 week

The Doc says: Hayes had limited game time in a half in the VFL on the weekend – he did extra running after the game but may need another low-level hit-out. Roberton has a new lateral ligament sprain and will be slow all week, leaving him in doubt. 

  Sydney Swans
Player Injury Estimated Return
Adam Goodes Knee 6 weeks
Lewis Jetta Shin 1 week
Alex Johnson Knee Season
Mitch Morton Quad Test
Shane Mumford Face Test
Sam Naismith Knee Indefinite
Sam Reid Quad Test
Lewis Roberts-Thomson Knee Indefinite
Gary Rohan Leg 1-2 weeks
Rhyce Shaw Abdomen 1 week
Tommy Walsh Hamstring Season

The Doc says: Goodes did not settle as the Swans hoped and developed signs of a loose tissue fragment in his knee. Arthroscopic surgery will sort out the injury but recovery may take five-six weeks. Morton had a tight quad in the warm-up and was a late withdrawal – he's still at risk this week. Mumford is a good chance to play after missing four weeks with a depressed zygoma fracture surgery. Shaw has been a challenge – has not played since round two but is due back any week now and will be well down on match fitness. 

  West Coast
Player Injury Estimated Return
Brant Colledge Hamstring 3 weeks
Brad Dick Hamstring Test
Shannon Hurn Ankle 8-9 weeks
Mark Nicoski Wrist Season
Adam Selwood Back 1 week
Scott Selwood Thumb 5-6 weeks
Luke Shuey Hamstring 1-2 weeks
Sharrod Wellingham Ankle 2 weeks

The Doc says: Shuey and Adam Selwood still need more time in rehab. The Eagles are not likely to regain any players this weekend. 

  Western Bulldogs
Player Injury Estimated Return
Matthew Boyd Fractured cheekbone 4 weeks
Brett Goodes Wrist Test
Shaun Higgins Foot Season
Josh Prudden Ankle 1 week
Koby Stevens  Shoulder Test
Tom Williams Shoulder Season
Easton Wood Hamstring 2 weeks

The Doc says: Boyd has a depressed zygoma (cheekbone) after a 'friendly-fire' collision – the Dogs hope he will be back in three to four weeks. Goodes and Stevens are likely to return.