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The full AFL injury list: pre-season update

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Essendon star Dyson Heppell is battling hamstring tendinitis

LANCE Franklin, Dyson Heppell, Toby Greene, Jordan De Goey, Robbie Gray, Tom Mitchell ...

There are some big names already on the injury list and a ball hasn't even been bounced.

So how are your sore players tracking?

With the season fast approaching, we take a look at your club's pre-season injury toll. Who will play in the JLT Community Series, who will be right for round one, who is still in the rehab group? Check it out

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Luke Brown  Achilles/ankle  2-3 weeks
 Hugh Greenwood  Abdominal strain  3-4 weeks
 Kyle Hartigan  Knee  Test
 Andrew McPherson  Groin  TBC
 Daniel Talia  Knee  2-3 weeks
Updated: Thursday, February 21

Early prognosis

Key defender Talia is on track to play in the second game of the JLT Community Series in his recovery from knee surgery in December. Talia has been running for the past four weeks and is building up his training. Small defender Brown could play in the club's second JLT game, but is on a modified training program after an Achilles/ankle injury flared up. It's better news for fellow backman Hartigan, who has been back to full training for the past three weeks and could play in both JLT games. Midfielder Greenwood could be available for round one, but it's unlikely he would play in the senior side straight away without a pre-season game under his belt. - Lee Gaskin

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Marcus Adams  Knee  3 weeks
 Jarrod Berry  Glandular fever  1 week
 Allen Christensen  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Darcy Gardiner  Knee  5-6 weeks
 Connor McFadyen  Foot  4-5 weeks
 Jack Payne  Shin  6-8 weeks
 Josh Walker  Ankle  TBC
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Few concerns here for the Lions, primarily that some of these injuries are to key defenders. Gardiner has resumed running again and should be available for round one. Although Adams is due back in a couple of weeks, he's missed big parts of the pre-season and will likely need some more conditioning before he's considered. Christensen suffered an ankle injury in the Lions' intraclub and will be touch-and-go to play in the JLT series. - Michael Whiting 

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Sam Docherty  Knee  Indefinite
 Alex Fasolo  Arm  2-4 weeks
 Matthew Kreuzer  Knee  Test
 Darcy Lang  Foot  TBC
 Harrison Macreadie  Back  TBC
 Caleb Marchbank  Back  TBC
 Mitch McGovern  Back  Available
 Jarrod Pickett  Knee  Indefinite
 Will Setterfield  Knee  Available
 Tom Williamson  Back  Test
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

New recruits McGovern and Setterfield will be fit for the JLT Community Series after battling injury-interrupted pre-seasons. Docherty and Pickett will miss most, if not all of 2019 with respective knee injuries. The club is hopeful Kreuzer will be fit to play in the JLT, but the likes of Lang, Marchbank and Macreadie are unlikely to feature. No timeline has yet been placed on their returns.  Fasolo is making a late dash to be ready for round one, having recovered quickly from a broken arm sustained over the summer. The Blues are being ultra-cautious with Williamson as he makes his comeback from a season on the sidelines. - Riley Beveridge

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tim Broomhead   Broken leg    2 weeks
 Jordan De Goey  Foot  TBC
 Lynden Dunn  Knee  2 weeks
 Will Hoskin-Elliott  Knee  4-5 weeks
 Jeremy Howe  Thigh  1-2 weeks
 Matt Scharenberg  Knee  Indefinite
 Daniel Wells  Foot  2-3 weeks
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

The main round one concerns are Hoskin-Elliott, who underwent knee surgery on Monday, and De Goey, who suffered a mid-foot sprain. Howe started running again on Wednesday, while Dunn and Broomhead also aren't far away from full training. Wells has made a breakthrough in his recovery from the Lisfranc injury that sidelined him for the bulk of last season, but a longer term view will be taken with Scharenberg as he comes back from a third knee reconstruction.  - Ben Collins

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Josh Begley  Knee  TBC
 Joe Daniher  Osteitis pubis  TBC
 Martin Gleeson  Ankle  TBC
 Dyson Heppell  Hamstring tendinitis  TBC
 Cale Hooker  Hamstring  TBC
 Zach Merrett  Ankle   2 weeks
 Kobe Mutch  Ankle  2 weeks
 Mason Redman  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Devon Smith  Bicep  Test
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Daniher has progressed well in his return from a long-term osteitis pubis injury and could play in the club's second JLT Community Series game against Geelong. However, the club continues to take a cautious approach. Merrett has stepped up his training in recent weeks, while Heppell was an onlooker at training on Tuesday. Redman is getting closer to full training while Begley and Gleeson are also starting to join in some drills with the main group. - Dinny Navaratnam

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Harley Bennell  Calf  TBC
 Connor Blakely  Hamstring  9-11 weeks
 Reece Conca  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Stephen Hill  Quad  7-8 weeks
 Shane Kersten  Foot  1-2 weeks
 Aaron Sandilands  Calf  TBC
 Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Recurring calf setbacks for Bennell and veteran ruckman Sandilands, who has been absent from training for several weeks, are likely to impact the start of their 2019 campaigns. In positive news, star recruit Jesse Hogan is with the main group and appears to be over the navicular stress fracture which ended his final season at Melbourne in round 21 last year, seemingly putting him in the picture for round one, if not a practice game appearance. Conca should be back in full training soon after picking up a knee infection, and Freo can ill-afford to lose another experienced midfielder/defender after long-term injuries for Blakely and Hill. Key defender Joel Hamling pulled out of AFLX due to calf awareness but was back training fully on Monday. Nat Fyfe has been managing an inflamed bursa on his right elbow, but is expected to lead his Flyers team in AFLX. - Travis King

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Nakia Cockatoo  Adductor  Test
 Sam Menegola  Knee  Test
 Zach Tuohy  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Lachie Fogarty  Hip  5-6 weeks
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Tuohy and Menegola are hoping to hit full training in a fortnight as they race the clock for round one. Both have been building their fitness base through long hours of cross-training. Cockatoo's slow build from last year's knee woes hit a hurdle last week after picking up adductor/hamstring tightness but is expected to rejoin the main group shortly. Fogarty's hip surgery has reduced him to pool sessions for his rehab that will rule him out of round one. - Mitch Cleary

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Josh Corbett  Knee  4 weeks
 Corey Ellis  Groin  4-6 weeks
 Nic Holman  Back  2-3 weeks
 Jack Leslie  Knee  2-4 weeks
 Josh Schoenfeld  Ankle  6 weeks
 Harrison Wigg  Knee  Season
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Aside from the luckless Wigg who ruptured his ACL in the Suns' intraclub match, most players on the injured list are due back by round one. Corbett was in the frame for selection but is unlikely to get enough work in before the season starts and will most likely begin in the NEAFL. Ellis is making sound progress following groin surgery, but the club is taking a cautious approach with his return. - Michael Whiting

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Toby Greene  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Nick Haynes  Back  2-3 weeks
 Jon Patton  Knee  Mid-May
 Adam Tomlinson  Calf  2-3 weeks
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Greene, Haynes and Tomlinson are all aiming to play in one of GWS's JLT Community Series games, with the Giants' second match, against Adelaide on March 8, their most likely return date. Tomlinson is the most advanced of the trio, with the defender close to resuming full training. Greene has made steady progress since undergoing ankle surgery last November, but Haynes is taking longer than expected to overcome back soreness. Key forward Patton's rehabilitation from his third knee reconstruction has been going well and he will look to fast-track that process when he visits knee specialists in Philadelphia next month. Brett Deledio won't play in Friday's practice match against Sydney for management reasons, but the veteran is expected to be available for the Giants' opening JLT game against the Swans on March 2. - Nick Bowen

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Grant Birchall   Knee   Indefinite
 Jack Gunston  ITB soreness  1-2 weeks
 Jacob Koschitzke   Finger  2-3 weeks
 Tom Mitchell  Leg  Season
 Tom Scully  Ankle  Indefinite
 Chad Wingard  Calf  1 week
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

The big name on the injury list is, of course, Brownlow medalist Mitchell, but six weeks after surgery on his broken leg he’s weight bearing again which is excellent news. His focus is now on 2020. New recruit Wingard will miss AFLX but is expected to be available for at least one JLT Community Series game as he builds up to a round one debut against the Crows. Veteran Birchall is edging closer to returning to full training in the next couple of weeks, but the Hawks are taking a cautious approach after three operations on his troublesome knee. The four-time premiership Hawk is aiming to make his return to football between rounds four and eight. Hawthorn won't put a timeline on a Scully debut but there has been quiet optimism about his progress as he continues to increase his training loads and running. The Hawks' first pick in last year’s NAB AFL Draft Koschitzke has had a minor setback with a finger injury but should be back in full training before the start of the season.Nat Edwards

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Mitch Hannan  Knee  TBC
 Nathan Jones  Hamstring  TBC
 Kade Kolodjashnij  Adductor  4 weeks
 Jake Lever  Knee  TBC
 Steven May  Hamstring  1-2 weeks
 Tom McDonald  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Jake Melksham  Hamstring  TBC
 Jack Viney  Foot  TBC
 Guy Walker  Shoulder  TBC
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

McDonald will miss the AFLX tournament following minor knee surgery but the forward is expected to play in the JLT Community Series. Kade Kolodjashnij remains in doubt for round one with a groin injury, while Jack Viney, Nathan Jones and Jake Melksham are set to join full training in the coming weeks. Jake Lever won't be ready for round one and it appears Mitch Hannan – who had dual knee surgery in the off-season – will also be missing. - Ben Guthrie 

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Majak Daw  Pelvis/hips  Indefinite
 Sam Durdin  Finger  8-10 weeks
 Ben Jacobs  Sinusitis  Indefinite
 Robbie Tarrant              AC joint      Round one
 Scott Thompson  Suspended  Round two
 Will Walker  PCL  Indefinite
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Tarrant is in a race against time to be fit for round one, but North is confident its best key defender will be fit to take on Fremantle and lead a Roos' defence that will be without Daw and Thompson, while fellow tall Durdin was ruled out for 10 weeks on Wednesday after suffering a deep cut to his little finger. Jacobs continues to complete a good volume of training but has not yet made a full recovery from an off-season sinus operation. The Roos won't risk the run-with midfielder in games until he has completely overcome lingering symptoms of congestion and grogginess. Second-year midfielder Walker is making a frustratingly slow recovery from the PCL strain he suffered late last season, while North will approach Daw's rehabilitation one step at a time despite the remarkable progress he has made since his fall from the Bolte Bridge in December. Jack Ziebell, Mason Wood and Jasper Pittard (all calf strains) returned to full training this week and are expected to play in the JLT Community Series. - Nick Bowen

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Joe Atley  Knee  4-6 weeks
 Charlie Dixon  Leg/ankle  4-8 weeks
 Kane Farrell   Managed  Test
 Robbie Gray  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Riley Grundy  Infection  Test
 Hamish Hartlett  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Sam Hayes  Knee  6-10 weeks
 Dan Houston  Managed  Test
 Trent McKenzie  Shoulder  Test
 Ollie Wines  Shoulder  4-8 weeks
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Ollie Wines and Charlie Dixon are both highly unlikely to be fit for round one. Wines is set to return from a shoulder injury between rounds 3-4, while Dixon's recovery from a broken leg and high ankle sprain is taking longer than expected. Robbie Gray should play some part in the JLT Community Series, as will half-back flanker Hamish Hartlett in his return from a torn ACL. Dan Houston and Kane Farrell, who were both rested from the Power's intra-club trial last Friday, should be available for the JLT Series. Defender Trent McKenzie will play his first game back from shoulder surgery as an over-age player in the under-23 game against Adelaide on Saturday. Lee Gaskin

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Josh Caddy  Ankle  1-3 weeks
 Jason Castagna  Ankle  1-3 weeks
 Ryan Garthwaite  Achilles  1-3 weeks
 Jack Graham  Shoulder  Available
 Shaun Grigg  Knee  4-8 weeks
 Tom Lynch  PCL  1-3 weeks
 Jacob Townsend  Thigh  4-8 weeks
Updated: Friday, February 22

Early prognosis

A few lingering injuries rather than serious long-term issues for Richmond. Grigg is the biggest concern, battling a knee injury and on a light training load away from the main group. Graham is back in contact training and should be right for round one against Carlton, while Caddy is in a similar boat, on light duties for a few weeks with a sore ankle. Castagna is another one who should be in the selection frame next month. Reports have said Lynch is unlikely to play JLT matches but is still in contention for round one. Garthwaite and Townsend have been dealing with niggling issues, moving in and out of the main training group and are on the fringes of Richmond's best 22 regardless. - Sarah Black

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Logan Austin  Shoulder  Available
 Nathan Brown  Suspended  Round two
 Jack Bytel  Back  Season
 Jake Carlisle  Back  4-6 weeks
 Dan Hannebery  Hamstring  3-4 weeks
 Max King  Knee  8-12 weeks
 Doulton Langlands  Hamstring  3-6 weeks
 Ben Long  Foot  1 week
 Billy Longer  Hamstring  5-6 weeks
 Daniel McKenzie  Heel  Test
Updated: Thursday, February 21

Early prognosis

A sore foot means Long won't play the intraclub on Saturday, but he's back training. Backman McKenzie has a bruised heel but should be right for the scratch match. There's some doubt about Carlisle's availability for round one – he needs everything to go right with his rehab. The Saints want Hannebery to put in a really solid base of work in before he returns to full training as he recovers from a hamstring problem. Rookie Langlands had surgery before Christmas for a hamstring defect but is back doing most of the work. Meanwhile, Jack Steven will miss the intraclub to attend a family wedding. - Dinny Navaratnam

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Lance Franklin  Groin  4-8 weeks
 Kieren Jack  Knee  TBC
 Zak Jones  Knee  TBC
 Matthew Ling  Toe  Indefinite
 Daniel Menzel  Groin  4-8 weeks
 Sam Naismith  Knee  7-9 weeks
 Nick Smith  Hamstring   4-8 weeks
 Durak Tucker  Knee  Indefinite
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

 Early prognosis

Gun goalkickers Franklin and Menzel have had similar groin operations and are racing to be fit for round one, with Buddy further ahead. Important defender Smith is on a similar timeline to that duo. Ruckman Naismith will be unavailable for the first few weeks of the season after his knee reconstruction, and a further operation before Christmas, but shouldn't have to wait long thereafter. Jones has done some match sim but isn't with the main group on a full-time basis, and neither is Jack. Ling is confined to running and some skills work and remains some time away after surgery on a big toe that happened mid-2018. Tucker, a rookie, has done running and agility work but is yet to resume full training. - Dinny Navaratnam

 

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Brayden Ainsworth  Finger  2-4 weeks
 Jamie Cripps  Toe  6-8 weeks
 Andrew Gaff  Suspended  Round three
 Josh Kennedy  Leg/shoulder  TBC
 Nic Naitanui  Knee  Season
 Daniel Venables  Knee  2-4weeks
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Mystery surrounds Kennedy's prognosis. The dual Coleman medallist was aiming to play in the JLT Community Series coming back from shoulder surgery but has been 'de-loaded' recently at training after pulling up with leg soreness and the club is now hopeful he is ready to go by round one. Cripps will miss the early rounds following toe surgery, while Venables and Ainsworth are yet to rejoin main training after their operations. Naitanui is ahead of schedule for a mid-season return, while Elliot Yeo (toe), Tom Barrass (foot) and Jeremy McGovern (ribs) appear on track to line-up in practice games. - Travis King

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tom Boyd  Back  Indefinite
 Jason Johannisen  Ankle  3-4 weeks
 Lin Jong  Hamstring  8-10 weeks
 Buku Khamis  Knee  6-8 weeks
 Liam Picken  Concussion  Indefinite
Updated: Wednesday, February 20

Early prognosis

Jong's high-grade hamstring tear sustained during match simulation last week will rule him out of at least the first month of the season. He went down in the same session Khamis strained his PCL. The Dogs are hopeful Johannisen will be removed from a moon boot this week after an ankle setback. Boyd's ongoing back complaint has forced him onto a modified program, while Picken is yet to resume full contact drills with ongoing concussion symptoms stemming from early last year.Mitch Cleary

*Placed on the club's long-term injury list