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The full AFL injury list: post-JLT update

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West Coast's Brad Sheppard on the bench after injuring his hamstring in the JLT

LANCE Franklin, Tom Mitchell, Taylor Adams, Stephen Hill, Cal Ward ... There are some big names already on the injury list and a ball hasn't even been bounced. Who will be right for R1, and who is struggling? We find out when your wounded stars will be back.

ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Luke Brown  Ankle  7 weeks
 Jordan Gallucci  Foot  Test
 Elliott Himmelberg  Foot  Test
 Andrew McPherson  Groin  1 week
 Paul Seedsman  Finger  1-2 weeks
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

Winger Seedsman fractured his finger in a tackling drill last Thursday and won't play in round one. 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
 Joe Daniher  Calf  4-6 weeks
 Matt Dea  Knee  4-5 weeks
 Dyson Heppell  Hamstring  Available
 Cale Hooker  Calf  4-5 weeks
 Martin Gleeson  Ankle  1 week
 Tom Jok  Concussion  Test
 Zach Merrett  Ankle  Available
 Kobe Mutch  Ankle  TBC
 Mason Redman  Ankle  1 week
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

More bad news for Daniher with the gun forward sidelined for up to six weeks with a calf injury. Merrett (ankle), Heppell (hamstring) and Fantasia (corked quad) will be all fit for round one after being on a minutes restriction against the Cats. Gleeson and Redman (both ankles) will play in a VFL practice match during round one of the AFL. - 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

 Jed Bews  Groin  1-2 weeks
 Nakia Cockatoo  Adductor  Test
 Lachie Fogarty  Hip  2-3 weeks
 Scott Selwood  Hamstring  Test
 Zac Smith  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Zach Tuohy  Knee  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

After overcoming off-season shoulder surgery, Bews has succumbed to a groin setback that has reduced his training loads in recent weeks. While the club says he is recovering well and back running, it's hard to see him getting up for round one. Tuohy has all but put a line through his name, unable to get the desired kilometres into his legs as he builds up fitness through cross-training. Selwood will play a VFL practice match on Friday night but is up against it to force his way in for the season opener. - 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

 Nick Haynes  Back  1-2 weeks
 Zac Langdon  Foot  4-5 weeks
 Shane Mumford  Suspended  Round 3
 Jon Patton  Knee  8-10 weeks
 Callan Ward  Knee  4-5 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

The Giants are confident midfielders Kelly and Hopper will be right for round one despite not playing in the JLT Community Series, after they pulled up sore from a practice match against Sydney. Inspirational co-captain Ward won't be available for at least the first three or four games of the season after he injured his knee against Sydney in JLT1, and Haynes is likely to be missing early on with his back issue. Langdon's pressure inside 50 will also be a big loss for the first month of the year at least. - Adam Curley

HAWTHORN

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Grant Birchall   Knee   Indefinite
 Kaiden Brand  Ankle  TBC
 Jack Gunston  ITB soreness  Test
 Jacob Koschitzke   Finger  Test
 Darren Minchington  Hamstring  TBC
 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

 Bayley Fritsch  Corked hip  Available
 Jeff Garlett  Shoulder  4 weeks
 Mitch Hannan  Knee  8-12 weeks
 James Harmes  Finger  Test
 Nathan Jones  Corked calf  Available
 Kade Kolodjashnij  Adductor  3 weeks
 Jay Kennedy Harris  Leg  12 weeks
 Steven May  Suspension  Round 2
 Jake Lever  Knee  12-16 weeks
 Jake Melksham  Hamstring  Available
 Braydon Preuss  Groin  Test
 Joel Smith  Groin  Test
 Tim Smith  Calf  2-3 weeks
 Aaron vandenBerg  Ankle  Available
 Jack Viney  Corked illiotibial band  Available
 Guy Walker  Shoulder  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Kennedy Harris has some serious bone bruising to his leg after suffering the injury against Brisbane in Saturday's JLT Community Series game at Casey Fields and will miss 12 weeks. Harmes is expected to be available for round one after sustaining a compound dislocation of his finger after being set to hospital. Preuss will be tested ahead of round one after sustaining an adductor strain in Saturday's VFL practice match. Smith (groin) is another to face a fitness test ahead of a opening-round clash with Port Adelaide. – Ben Guthrie

NORTH MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Jed Anderson  Hamstring  TBC
 Tom Campbell  Suspension  Round two
 Ben Cunnington  Thigh  Available
 Majak Daw  Pelvis/hips  Indefinite
 Sam Durdin  Finger  4-6 weeks
 Ben Jacobs  Sinusitis  Indefinite
 Jamie Macmillan  Calf  Test
 Tom McKenzie   Back  TBC
 Robbie Tarrant              AC joint      Test
 Scott Thompson  Suspended  Round two
 Will Walker  PCL  TBC
 Marley Williams  Calf  Test
 Sam Wright  Concussion/quad  Test
 Tristan Xerri  Osteitis pubis  TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Cunnington will be fine for the Kangaroos' round one date with Fremantle, while star defender Tarrant is also expected to recover in time to bolster a depleted backline. Macmillan was left out of JLT2 and Williams was on the bench with ice on his right calf by early in the second term, but both are likely to play in the opening round. Wright had a rough day, too, and it is unclear if he will be fit for North's season opener. Anderson hasn't played a practice game and remains without a return date. Taylor Garner (hamstring) is off the injury list in a promising sign for the forward, who has had a wretched run. – Marc McGowan

PORT ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Joe Atley  Knee  2 weeks
 Charlie Dixon  Leg/ankle  TBC
 Hamish Hartlett  Knee  1 week
 Sam Hayes  Knee  TBC
 Riley Grundy  Knee  5-7 weeks
 Jarrod Lienert  Knee  2-4 weeks
 Jake Patmore  Knee  Season
 Paddy Ryder  Cheekbone  TBC
 Ollie Wines  Shoulder  2-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Ruck/forward Ryder had surgery on a fractured cheekbone sustained in last weekend's 21-point JLT Community Series win against North Melbourne. Ryder is still a chance for round one, but more likely for the following week. Defender Lienert suffered medial damage to his knee in the same game and could miss up to a month. Key forward Dixon didn't run last week after feeling soreness in his recovery from a broken leg and dislocated ankle. He's likely to miss at least the first month of the season, but could be longer depending on when he can get through a block of training without pain. Vice-captain Hartlett is on track to play in Port's SANFL trial next Friday night in his return from a torn ACL and could be up for AFL selection as early as round two, but round three is more likely. Co-captain Wines will also be due back around the same time. Second-year midfielder Patmore tore his ACL in Port's SANFL trial last Friday night and will miss the rest of the season.Lee Gaskin

RICHMOND

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Josh Caddy  Ankle  3-7 weeks
 Jason Castagna  Ankle  Test
 Ryan Garthwaite  Achilles  Test
 Shaun Grigg  Knee  Indefinite
 Tom Lynch  PCL  1-3 weeks
 Jacob Townsend  Thigh  Test
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

Lynch is the most likely of the injured Tigers to play round one against Carlton, but having played no pre-season matches, is still touch and go. Caddy has just returned to running after being unable to for nearly three weeks, while Grigg has turned a corner in his rehab but is still some way off. Castagna, Garthwaite and Townsend are expected to play managed minutes in the VFL. - 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  Season
 Jack Steven  Mental health  Indefinite
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

Roberton will sit out the entire season due to heart complications. McCartin spent Sunday night in hospital and remains in doubt for round one. 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  Test
 Lance Franklin  Groin  1-2 weeks
 Kieren Jack  Knee  Test
 Matthew Ling  Toe  Indefinite
 Jack Maibaum  Knee  Season
 Daniel Menzel  Groin  1-2 weeks
 Sam Naismith  Knee  4-8 weeks
 Nick Smith  Illness / hamstring   3-4 weeks
 Durak Tucker  Knee  Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

 Early prognosis

Franklin and Menzel will be cutting it fine for round one and the Swans will decide on their chances next week, with Franklin the only realistic chance given his ability to play with limited preparation. Heeney (ankle) and Lloyd (illness) are likely to train fully this week and be fit and ready for a clash with the Western Bulldogs. Young midfielder Florent is on track to face the Dogs after a mild foot sprain, while veteran Jack could also be available for selection but given his limited preparation he's only an outside chance for the season opener. A bout of illness was a setback for Smith's recovery from hamstring surgery and the Swans don't expect him to be ready to play for the first few rounds, while in better news young forward McCartin is back to full training following his concussion issues. - Adam Curley

 

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  6-10 weeks
 Ben Cavarra  Quad  2-3 weeks
 Bailey Dale  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Jason Johannisen  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Lin Jong  Hamstring  3-4 weeks
 Buku Khamis  Knee  5-6 weeks
 Dale Morris  Knee  TBC
 Liam Picken  Concussion  Indefinite
 Laitham Vandermeer  Hamstring  4-6 weeks
 Lukas Webb  Neck  Test
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

Morris could miss the season after suffering an ACL injury at training on Friday. Cavarra failed to play in the weekend's VFL practice match after sustaining a quad setback that will rule him out of contention for the start to the season. Vandermeer's hopes of early games have also suffered a hit, suffering a hamstring blow. Johannisen has set his sights on a comeback in round two or three, after a limited month on the training track. Jong is progressing well from his high-end hamstring, while there is still no certain timeframe on a return date for Boyd and Picken to full training.Mitch Cleary

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