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WITH round one fast approaching, our reporters have been doing their homework to find out the health of your club's list.

Who will be right for the season-opener, who is touch and go, who will be watching from the sidelines? We find out when your wounded stars will get back on the park. 

Adelaide Crows

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Tom Doedee  Knee  1-3 weeks
 Riley Knight  Achilles  2-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Doedee had a minor setback in his return from a knee reconstruction, hyperextending his knee at training last month. He has returned to running and is aiming to play in the early rounds of the season. Knight injured his Achilles tendon in mid-February. He will be eased back into full training in the next couple of weeks. – Lee Gaskin

Brisbane Lions

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Tom Joyce  Shin   Test
 Archie Smith  Knee  Test
 Toby Wooller  Shin  Test
 Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

No concerns for Brisbane after skipper Dayne Zorko overcame the tight hamstring that kept him from playing in the State of Origin match. Smith, Joyce and Wooller all took part in training on Tuesday and are expected to be available. - Michael Whiting

Carlton

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Charlie Curnow  Knee  Indefinite
 Brodie Kemp  Knee  Indefinite
 Harrison Macreadie  Soreness  Test
 Caleb Marchbank  Neck  Test
 Mitch McGovern  Soreness  Test
 Harry McKay  Groin  2-4 weeks
 Marc Murphy  Managed  Test
 Sam Petrevski-Seton  Quad  Test
 Lachie Plowman  Soreness  Test
 Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

The big round one worry for the Blues remains McKay, who has done very little this summer as he battles a groin injury. He has recently returned to complete match simulation drills at training, but remains touch-and-go to face the Tigers. Curnow and Kemp certainly won't feature as they battle long-term knee problems. The rest will be in contention to face the Lions in the Marsh Community Series on Sunday. – Riley Beveridge

Collingwood

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Flynn Appleby  Ankle  2 weeks
 Dayne Beams  Mental health  Indefinite
 Tim Broomhead  Leg  3-5 weeks
 Levi Greenwood  Knee  18-24 weeks
 Tom Langdon  Knee  Indefinite
 Isaac Quaynor  Hip  1-2 weeks
 Ben Reid  Leg  TBC
 Adam Treloar  Hamstring  3 weeks
 Travis Varcoe  Shoulder  5-7 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Treloar will miss the round one clash against the Western Bulldogs after suffering a hamstring injury at the weekend, while Reid could also be in doubt after an early exit in the Marsh Community Series hitout with Richmond. Varcoe is tracking well after a shoulder reconstruction and Langdon is back running as he deals with a potentially career-threatening knee issue, while Greenwood seems determined to smash the traditional 12-month recovery timeframe for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Quaynor underwent minor hip surgery and is believed to have battled soreness in the joint but is expected to return to full training shortly, as is Appleby, who had ankle surgery. Broomhead remains in the rehab group after having a pin removed from the left leg he broke early in 2018. Meanwhile, Beams is reportedly set to retire. - Ben Collins 

Essendon

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Patrick Ambrose  Knee  8 weeks
 Tom Bellchambers  Knee  Test
 Joe Daniher  Groin  Indefinite
 Sam Draper  Knee  6-8 weeks
 Noah Gown  Foot  Indefinite
 Dyson Heppell  Foot  TBC
 Mitch Hibberd  Knee  Test
 Cale Hooker  Hip  5-8 weeks
 Lachie Johnson  Knee  Season
 James Stewart  Groin  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

The Bombers have been the club worst hit by injuries this off-season, with key players' fitness still up in the air ahead of round one. Heppell had a screw removed from his foot last week but remains in doubt for their season opener against Fremantle, while Hooker has not trained with the main group for months and recently said he would not play until "the early few rounds". Stewart is closer to a return from his groin issues than Daniher, while Hibberd could face Geelong in Monday's Marsh Community Series clash. – Callum Twomey 

Fremantle

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Blake Acres  Hamstring  TBC
 Jesse Hogan  Mental health  Indefinite
 Joel Hamling  Ankle  10-12 weeks
 David Mundy  Leg  TBC
 Alex Pearce  Ankle  TBC
 Darcy Tucker  Knee  Test
 Nathan Wilson  Toe  4-5 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Acres went down at training on Wednesday and will undergo scans on Thursday to determine the extent of a hamstring injury. Tucker could push to play in Saturday's Marsh Community Series clash against West Coast after being put through his paces with a trainer on Monday. Hamling has been in a moonboot since surgery to repair his dislocated ankle and a return in the first half of the season would be optimistic. Mundy, Pearce and Wilson are all on similar timelines, lifting the intensity of their straight-line running. It is realistic to expect them to miss the opening three to four rounds. Hayden Young is having his training loads managed, resulting in him missing the opening pre-season game. – Nathan Schmook 

Geelong Cats

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Nakia Cockatoo   Hamstring  3-4 weeks
 Luke Dahlhaus  Groin  Available
 Mitch Duncan  Hip  2-3 weeks
 Lachie Fogarty  Ankle  1-2 weeks
 Jake Kolodjashnij  Hip  4-6 weeks
 Nathan Kreuger  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Brandan Parfitt  Back  Available
 Stefan Okunbor  Achilles  Indefinite
 Joel Selwood  Hamstring  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Selwood remains touch and go to play in Monday's Marsh Community Series clash against Essendon. With 12 days between that match and Geelong's season opener, the Cats are confident he could still play round one if he misses against the Bombers. Duncan has picked up his running intensity after surgery but is more unlikely than likely for round one. Kolodjashnij will miss at least the opening fortnight. Fogarty is working back into full training, Kreuger is a touch further behind, while Cockatoo is building strength in his troublesome hamstring after a setback in February. Dahlhaus and Parfitt are both expected to be fit after missing the first Marsh Series clash. – Mitch Cleary

Gold Coast Suns

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Charlie Ballard  Shoulder  8 weeks
 Jack Hombsch  Rib  2-3 weeks
 Anthony Miles  Chest  TBC
 Wil Powell  Knee  8 weeks
 Izak Rankine  Shoulder  1-2 weeks
 Mitch Riordan  ACL  Season
 Rory Thompson  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Jarrod Witts  Foot  1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Co-captain Witts has the biggest question mark over him but has resumed running and the club is confident he'll be right for round one. Rankine is being treated with kid gloves but is close to a return, while Thompson is likely to come back from his ACL through the NEAFL. - Michael Whiting

GWS Giants

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Matt Flynn  Knee  TBC
 Tommy Sheridan   Calf  3-4 weeks
 Tim Taranto   Shoulder  4-5 months
 Callan Ward   Knee  4-6 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Taranto will have reconstructive surgery this week and won't be seen until at least July in a massive blow for the Giants. Ward will miss probably the first month of the home and away season as he makes his way back from his ACL, while Sheridan's troublesome calf issues continue to hobble him. - Adam Curley 

Hawthorn

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Jack Gunston  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Blake Hardwick  Chest  12 weeks
 Dan Howe  Foot  Indefinite
 Jarman Impey  Knee  Indefinite
 Jacob Koschitzke  AC joint  4 weeks
 Ben McEvoy  Corked thigh  Test
 Dylan Moore  Hip/groin  Test
 Josh Morris  Knee  5-6 weeks
 Tim O'Brien  Eye  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Hardwick's pectoral muscle rupture from last Friday night's practice match against St Kilda at Morwell means the Hawks will miss one of their most valued players for an extended period. Impey and Howe won't help fill that void, because both are also out for the foreseeable future. Of greatest interest in the short term is whether Gunston can make it to the start line for round one after pre-Christmas surgery. McEvoy and O'Brien should be fine to take part in Hawthorn's Marsh Community Series finale on Friday night. – Marc McGowan

Melbourne

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Harley Bennell  Calf  TBC
 Kade Chandler  Wrist  1-2 weeks
 Kyle Dunkley  Foot  Test
 Max Gawn  Knee  Test
 Mitch Hannan  Groin  TBC
 Kade Kolodjashnij  Concussion  TBC
 Steven May  Knee  Test
 Nathan Jones  Corked shin  Available
 Harry Petty  Groin  TBC
 Braydon Preuss  Knee  5-7 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

The Demons have a few that are a while away with Bennell and Preuss working their way back from lengthy complaints, although the former has stepped up training in an encouraging sign he might finally be putting his calf issues behind him. Gawn and May are expected to play this week against Hawthorn while mystery surrounds Joel Smith's fitness, given his absence from the first two pre-season hitouts. – Jennifer Phelan

North Melbourne

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Aiden Bonar  Hamstring  Test
 Ben Brown  Calf  2-3 weeks
 Ben Cunnington  Hip  Test
 Luke Davies-Uniacke  Groin  TBC
 Kyron Hayden  Achilles  10-12 weeks
 Ben Jacobs  Concussion  TBC
 Flynn Perez  Knee  10-12 weeks
 Jared Polec  Foot  Test
 Kayne Turner  Sesamoid/foot  10-12 weeks
 Ed Vickers-Willis  Knee  TBC
 Marley Williams  Suspension  Round 3
 Jack Ziebell  Calf  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Robbie Tarrant no longer features on this list after coming through three quarters unscathed in last Friday's practice match against Melbourne. Brown is still aiming for round one and has resumed running but this timeline means he is unlikely to play a game beforehand. Ziebell and Polec also expect to be ready for the season opener against the Saints, while Cunnington and Bonar's setbacks are minor. Don't expect to see Turner – who has elected not to have surgery – Hayden or Perez any time soon, while Davies-Uniacke has stopped running for the time being and has no return date at this stage. – Marc McGowan

Port Adelaide

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Miles Bergman  Ankle  1 week
 Riley Grundy  Knee  TBC
 Ollie Wines  Shoulder  6-8 weeks
Updated: Wednesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Wines underwent shoulder surgery at the start of February. The Power vice-captain is expected to miss the first month of the season. Bergman, the Power's first pick and 14th overall at last year's NAB AFL Draft, has been on modified training for a couple of weeks with an ankle injury. He's on track to be available for the start of the season. – Lee Gaskin

Richmond

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Jack Graham  Shoulder  Test
 Kamdyn McIntosh  Ankle  Test
 Toby Nankervis  Adductor  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Graham, McIntosh and Nankervis have been slated to play in Sunday's Marsh Community Series clash with GWS after a slow build-up from pre-season injury concerns. Meanwhile, Jack Higgins made a successful return after brain surgery in Sunday's loss to Collingwood. – Jennifer Phelan

St Kilda

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
   Nil  
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

There were a few on light duties this week with Dan Hannebery missing the Morwell practice match with groin soreness, and Jimmy Webster also suffering what's believed to be a sore shoulder. But both are expected to be available for Sunday's clash with Collingwood. Dylan Roberton has now played two games and has suffered no symptoms of the heart issue he's dealt with over the last two seasons. – Jennifer Phelan 

Sydney Swans

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Robbie Fox  Ankle  Test 
 Lance Franklin  Knee  4-6 weeks 
 Isaac Heeney  Thumb  Test
 Lewis Melican  Hamstring  3-4 weeks
 Sam Reid  Calf  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Heeney is a chance to face North Melbourne in the second week of the Marsh Community Series on Sunday, while Reid might not be too far away. Franklin is back running but looks like missing at least a couple of games of the home and away season at best. - Adam Curley

West Coast Eagles

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Jarrod Cameron  Pubic bone  TBC
 Tom Cole  Thumb  6-8 weeks
 Oscar Allen  Ankle  Test
 Jack Darling  Cheekbone  Test
 Luke Foley  Pubic bone  TBC
 Jeremy McGovern  Heel  Test
 Daniel Venables  Concussion  Season
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Cameron has sat out drills in recent weeks and it emerged on Wednesday he has a pubic bone stress injury. The Eagles will be conservative, given he has battled the problem before. Cole fractured his thumb in the Eagles' loss to Essendon. McGovern is pushing for round one and could even play minutes against Fremantle on Saturday after an impressive training run on Tuesday. Carefully managed to this point, he is taking part in most drills and hitting good pace. Allen has had a summer interrupted first by a hernia problem and then an ankle scare. He trained with the main group on Tuesday and looked in good shape. Contact work for Darling has been limited but his touch is excellent. Foley is slowly lifting his training workload and aiming to play a WAFL practice match in the coming weeks.

. The Eagles confirmed Venables will step away from the game in 2020 as he manages lingering concussion symptoms. – Nathan Schmook

Western Bulldogs

PLAYER INJURY ESTIMATED RETURN
 Taylor Duryea  Groin  6 weeks
 Riley Garcia  Knee  Indefinite
 Lin Jong  Hamstring  6 weeks
 Tom Liberatore  Knee  4-5 weeks
 Aaron Naughton  Knee  2-3 weeks
 Ed Richards  Concussion  Available
 Laitham Vandermeer  Hamstring  Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 3

Early prognosis

Naughton is in a race against the clock to be ready for round one, but Richards should be right pending his recovery from a concussion. Duryea and Jong are projected to miss the first month of the season, but Liberatore could return before that. Vandermeer has a minor hamstring complaint but should be available if necessary. – Jourdan Canil

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