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 AFL.com.au.
|Daniel Talia||Corked buttock||Test|
|Luke Thompson||Ankle||1-2 weeks|
The Doc says: Talia has a badly corked buttock and will be treated all week. No other new concerns for the Crows this week and no likely returns.
|Simon Black||Adductor||1-2 weeks|
|Justin Clarke||AC joint||Season|
|Brent Moloney||Hamstring||1-2 weeks|
The Doc says: Merrett broke his left ankle in an awkward tackle and had internal fixation surgery Monday. Black continues to struggle with chronic groin issues and is well down on his match conditioning. Moloney is unlikely to play again this year.
|Andrew Collins||Quad||1 week|
|Shaun Hampson||Knee||2 weeks|
|Chris Judd||Knee||2 weeks|
|Brock McLean||Quad||1 week|
The Doc says: McLean will almost certainly miss after a right quad injury was sustained last weekend. Scotland is more minor with a quad cork and is a better prospect to play. Walker will play but Kreuzer is only an outside chance.
The Doc says: Ball has his second calf injury in three weeks and is most doubtful for this weekend. Beams was a late withdrawal with back tightness and should be right to go. Elliott is unlikely but Sinclair is some chance if he gets through a fitness test late in the week.
|Dustin Fletcher||Hamstring||1-2 weeks|
|Nick Kommer||Thumb||2-3 weeks|
The Doc says: Heppell is unlikely to return. Crameri and Hurley both aggravated old ankle injuries and will be sore if selected – Crameri more likely to miss.
|Max Duffy||Hamstring||3 weeks|
|Luke McPharlin||Calf||1 week|
|Nick Suban||Hamstring||1 week|
|Michael Walters||Knee||1 week|
The Doc says: Suban injured his hammy and was subbed out in the first quarter - is likely to miss. Ballantyne is still limited by right shoulder instability and is a liability if he has further subluxation episodes in games. Freo has decided to not risk McPharlin this week and will assess him again next week. The Dockers have also ruled Walters out with knee bruising, which they hope is this week only, and Sandilands is in the mix to play but will have further tests late in the week.
|Josh Cowan||Hamstring||3-4 weeks|
The Doc says: Vardy has a heavily corked hip/pelvis on the left side and is very doubtful this week. Will need to train freely late in the week before a decision is made. No other concerns for the Cats who have reasonably healthy list.
The Doc says: Tape is a good chance to return. Boston (sternum), Broughton and Gorringe are all very sore and I wouldn't expect the Suns to risk them this week.
The Doc says: Sumner is the only new concern and is likely to be given a rest this week. Treloar may be given a run.
|Jordan Lewis||Corked hip||Test|
The Doc says: Shiels re-injured his right ankle early in the game and is doubtful. Rioli also has right ankle soreness but should settle with physio. Lewis and Puopolo are ready to push for selection.
|Jesse Hogan||Knee||4 weeks|
|Nathan Stark||Ankle||2-4 weeks|
The Doc says: Rodan has been reported as an ankle sprain but it is his LARS reco knee that is causing concern. Initially doctors thought it was a simple medial ligament but further assessment is required to rule out yet another ACL setback. Fitzpatrick and Howe will have more concussion assessments but are likely to be OK. Blease has undergone ankle surgery to prepare for 2014.
|Scott Thompson||Bruised lung||Season|
The Doc says: Tarrant was subbed out with face/concussion concerns and will be tested late in week. Wright has ongoing right shoulder laxity and was sore after re-injuring himself last week. Will most likely continue to play with protective strapping.
|Brad Ebert||Corked buttock||Available|
The Doc says: Wingard has a left adductor strain and is doubtful. Butcher and Cassisi have missed two but Butcher is more likely. Hitchcock is less likely to be risked.
The Doc says: No new reported injuries this week. The Tigers have a healthy list heading into finals although Riewoldt and Cotchin are both being carefully managed with knee soreness.
|Ahmed Saad||Provisional suspension||Season|
The Doc says: No new injuries for the Saints. Kosi is likely to make an appearance in his 200th game.
|Adam Goodes||Knee||1-2 weeks|
|Dan Hannebery||Knee||1 week|
|Lewis Roberts-Thomson||Knee||1 week|
The Doc says: A bad weekend for the Swans with knee injuries to Shaw, Hannebery and Smith. Shaw will most likely have LARS ACL surgery this week with a view to an early return to play in the 2014 season. The club expects Hannebery should only miss one week but he is some chance to miss two. Smith is likely to play. Reid has been ruled out for the rest of the season after chronic left quad tears recurring since round nine. Jetta is well below match fitness but may be given a run to assess his suitability for finals.
The Doc says: Darling has a right hammy strain and would be high risk if he plays this week - is most doubtful. Wellingham re-injured his left ankle and will be sore all week but may play after testing. Shuey should return. Schofield does not need surgery but has been ruled out after an off-field assault.
|Brett Goodes||Broken arm||Season|
The Doc says: The Dogs have already lost a number of key players who have had surgery to prepare for 2014. Cooney (viral illness) should recover to play this week.