Jordan Ridley after the AAMI Community Series match between Essendon and Geelong at GMHBA Stadium on March 1, 2024. Picture: AFL Photos

Check out the injury updates from all 18 clubs.

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Mark Keane Concussion Test
Nick Murray Knee 12 weeks
Harry Schoenberg Achilles 12 weeks
Rory Sloane Eye 1-3 weeks
Riley Thilthorpe Knee TBA
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Thilthorpe will have surgery on a meniscus tear later this week and his return to play will be clearer after that. Veteran Sloane is aiming to return to contact training in coming weeks as he recovers from a detached retina. Keane could be available for round one as he works through his concussion recovery, while long-term injury pair Schoenberg and Murray are still months away from playing. - Michael Rogers

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Will Ashcroft Knee TBC
Tom Doedee Knee 2-3 weeks
Conor McKenna Hamstring 1 week
Carter Michael Quad 2 weeks
Zane Zakostelsky Groin TBC
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Good news on the horizon for the Lions with McKenna running laps at training on Tuesday and expected to be available for the club’s second match of the season against Fremantle on March 17. Doedee is also progressing well and could return as early as the Easter Thursday Grand Final rematch against Collingwood at the Gabba. - Michael Whiting

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Matt Carroll Groin Indefinite
Caleb Marchbank Illness Indefinite
Jack Martin Knee 2-3 weeks
Jesse Motlop Toe 1-2 weeks
Jack Silvagni Knee Season
Sam Walsh Back Indefinite
Jacob Weitering Calf Indefinite
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

The Blues will be without Marchbank, Walsh and Weitering until at least the round two bye, with a timeframe for their respective returns to arrive during that 15-day break. Motlop will miss at least Opening Round, while Martin likely won't return until after the bye. - Riley Beveridge

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Harry DeMattia Finger 8-10 weeks
Josh Eyre Hamstring 8-10 weeks
Jeremy Howe Calf 1 week
Nathan Kreuger Hamstring 5-6 weeks
Dan McStay Knee TBC
Nathan Murphy Concussion TBC
Scott Pendlebury Knee Test
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Collingwood will start the season without two premiership defenders after Howe was ruled out on Tuesday. Pendlebury will face a fitness test on Thursday but is expected to be available, while Kreuger won’t be available until at least round five. - Josh Gabelich

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Kaine Baldwin Foot 14 weeks
Jaiden Hunter Knee Season
Jordan Ridley Quad 4 weeks
Dylan Shiel Foot 1 week
Tex Wanganeen Foot 6 weeks
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Ridley will miss the Bombers' round one clash against the Hawks, but the important defender hopes to be back in the opening few weeks of the season. Ruckman Sam Draper got through a VFL practice match on Friday in a boost for Essendon, while Shiel is close to full fitness. Ben Hobbs, Nate Caddy and Jake Kelly have overcome recent injuries. – Dejan Kalinic

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Josh Corbett Hip Season
Brennan Cox Leg Test
Michael Frederick Hamstring Test
Nathan O'Driscoll Knee Test
Heath Chapman Hamstring 2 weeks
Sebit Kuek Knee Season
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Small defender Brandon Walker played managed minutes in a WAFL practice game as he continues his long rehabilitation from a knee injury. O'Driscoll (knee), Cox (leg) and Frederick (hamstring) are all a chance to feature in round one pending fitness tests, while the Dockers are hopeful Chapman (hamstring) will be ready to return by round two. Luke Jackson will have had plenty of time to recover from the concussion he suffered in the match sim against West Coast by the time round one rolls around and is expected to be available. - Nathan Schmook

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Cam Guthrie Quad 8-10 weeks
Gary Rohan Back TBC
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Guthrie will miss at least the first couple of months of the season after suffering a serious quad injury last month. Ollie Henry is good to go for round one after missing last Friday night due to a rolled ankle, while Rohan is dealing with a. back issue which has hampered his pre-season. - Josh Gabelich

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Alex Davies Hamstring 2 weeks
Malcolm Rosas jnr Quad Test
Jake Rogers Back 2 weeks
Jed Walter Collarbone 3 weeks
Lachie Weller Knee 12+ weeks
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

After missing the loss to GWS, Rosas jnr will be tested this week to see if he’s available for selection against Richmond. Rogers has overcome back stress fractures last year and still needs a couple more week of training to be available, while Walter will be scanned again shortly to confirm his surgery has progressed well. - Michael Whiting

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Finn Callaghan Shoulder 1 week
Isaac Cumming Quad 2-3 weeks
Phoenix Gothard Illness Indefinite
Darcy Jones Knee 1-2 weeks
Adam Kennedy Knee 8 weeks
James Leake Quad 4-6 weeks
Harry Perryman Hamstring 1 week
Braydon Preuss Back 6-8 weeks
Nathan Wardius Shin 4-6 weeks
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

The Giants are hopeful Callaghan and Perryman will return after Opening Round, but they won't make it in time for this week. Cumming is more likely to make his comeback after the side's round three bye. Kennedy and Preuss are likely to miss the first two months of the campaign, while Jones will also face a delayed start despite a promising summer. - Riley Beveridge

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
James Blanck Knee Season
Will Day Foot 4-6 weeks
Denver Grainger-Barras Toe 10-12 weeks
Changkuoth Jiath Hamstring 4-6 weeks
Bailey Macdonald Leg 4-6 weeks
Will McCabe Back 10-12 weeks
Seamus Mitchell Jaw 4-6 weeks
Dylan Moore Glandular fever Test
Chad Wingard Achilles 2-4 weeks
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Important forward Moore is on track to face the Bombers in round after a bout of glandular fever but there are few others likely to join him from the rehab group. Youngsters Mitchell and Macdonald are expected to return in the early weeks of the season but key figures Day and Jiath are still likely to be several weeks away. Veteran Wingard is eyeing a return to full training and his timeline to play will be assessed from there. - Michael Rogers

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Lachie Hunter Calf 3-4 weeks
Shane McAdam Hamstring TBC
Jake Melksham Knee TBC
Harrison Petty Toe 2 weeks
Kysaiah Pickett Suspension Round 2
Joel Smith Suspension Indefinite
Daniel Turner Hip 7-8 weeks
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Melbourne will kick off its season without important defender-turned-forward Petty, who is still two weeks away with a toe injury. Hunter has been unable to overcome a niggling calf issue and won't be available for 3-4 weeks, while no timeline has been set on a return for recruit McAdam (hamstring). Ben Brown (knee) and Charlie Spargo (Achilles) have been passed fit and are available for selection. - Alison O'Connor

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Aidan Corr Ankle Test
Griffin Logue Knee Indefinite
Luke McDonald Hamstring Test
Jy Simpkin Concussion 2 weeks
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

The Kangaroos have ruled Simpkin out for their opening clash against GWS in round one as recovers from his third concussion in under 12 months. Corr and McDonald will be tests to face the Giants, while Logue is still on the comeback trail following an ACL injury sustained last July. - Riley Beveridge

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Zak Butters Ankle Test
Lachlan Charleson Ankle Test
Hugh Jackson Hip 14-16 weeks
Kyle Marshall Back 3-4 weeks
Tom McCallum Ankle 4-5 weeks
Quinton Narkle Back 2-3 weeks
Dante Visentini Concussion 1 week
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

A sigh of relief for Port with vice-captain Butters cleared of any serious ankle damage suffered in last Friday’s pre-season match against Fremantle. He’ll be available for round one. Narkle has returned to running and should rejoin the main group in coming days. - Michael Whiting

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Mate Colina Back 8-12 weeks
Liam Fawcett Back 8-12 weeks
Jack Graham Quad 4-6 weeks
Tom Lynch Foot 1-3 weeks
Rhyan Mansell Ankle 1-3 weeks
Dustin Martin Calf Test
Toby Nankervis Foot 1-3 weeks
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Martin was cleared of major damage after suffering a corked calf on Tuesday but faces a fitness test ahead of Saturday's clash against the Suns. Captain Nankervis won't play in Opening Round but is expected to be available for the round one match against Carlton, while Lynch is progressing but still has a few boxes to tick before getting the all-clear. Nick Vlastuin (managed) and Sam Banks (calf soreness) are available this week. - Brandon Cohen

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Dan Butler Ankle 2-3 weeks
Hunter Clark Calf 3-5 weeks
Paddy Dow Knee 3-5 weeks
Jack Hayes Knee 4-5 weeks
Dougal Howard Hamstring 4-5 weeks
Ben Paton Pectoral 12-16 weeks
Mattaes Phillipou Hip Test
Jack Sinclair Calf 1-2 weeks
James Van Es Ankle 4-5 weeks
Jimmy Webster Suspension TBC
Marcus Windhager Hand 1-2 weeks
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Defender Howard will miss more than a month after straining his left hamstring during Sunday's practice match, while dual All-Australian Sinclair is in doubt for round one. The Saints are hopeful Windhager will recover from a broken hand in time for round one, and are expecting Phillipou's hip soreness to resolve ahead of the season opener. Dow is facing a slightly longer stint on the sidelines with knee bruising. – Sophie Welsh

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Taylor Adams Knee 3-4 weeks
Harry Arnold Back 12 weeks
Indhi Kirk Appendix 2 weeks
Callum Mills Shoulder 12 weeks
Luke Parker Arm 4 weeks
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Injuries to Adams and Parker on the eve of the season have ruled both out for the first month. The Swans are hopeful captain Mills will return halfway through the season, with mid-season draftee Arnold also to miss the first half of the year with a stress fracture in his lower back. Rookie Kirk had his appendix out over the weekend and will be unavailable for two weeks. – Sophie Welsh

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Oscar Allen Knee Test
Jai Culley Knee 12 weeks
Matthew Flynn Hamstring 10-12 weeks
Reuben Ginbey Concussion TBC
Elijah Hewett Foot Indefinite
Liam Ryan Hamstring TBC
Dom Sheed Foot TBC
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

The Eagles have played it safe with new co-captain Allen, who was rested from the AAMI Community series clash in the hope he would be right for round one. Flynn's absence for months after hamstring surgery is a serious blow to the club's tall stocks, while young gun Ginbey is progressing through concussion protocols after copping a high knock against Fremantle. Ryan is still weeks away as he recovers from hamstring tendon surgery. - Michael Rogers

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
Jordan Croft Shin 3-6 weeks
Bailey Dale Hamstring Test
Ryan Gardner Foot 4-6 weeks
James O'Donnell Ankle Test
Aiden O'Driscoll Concussion Indefinite
Bailey Smith Knee Season
Laitham Vandermeer Concussion Test
Updated: March 5, 2024

Early prognosis

Dale is in a race to be fit for round one due to lingering hamstring tightness. Gardner has been ruled out of the next month due to a foot injury. O’Donnell will need to prove his fitness next week after injuring his ankle against Hawthorn late last month. - Josh Gabelich