Peter Larkins

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

PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Lewis JohnstonKnee3-4 weeks
Jared PetrenkoShoulder1-2 weeks
Brodie MartinAnkleTest
Angus GrahamChestTest
Taylor WalkerKneeSeason

The Doc says: There are no new concerns for the Crows and they have the bye this weekend. Petrenko has a grade two AC joint sprain in his right shoulder but is considered a good chance to play in round 14. Martin should be right for selection.

 Brisbane Lions
PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Claye BeamsKneeSeason
Stefan MartinAnkleTest
Brent MoloneyBackTest
Jared PolecAnkleTest
Stephen WrigleyKneeSeason

The Doc says:  The Lions reported no new injuries from their loss to Freo. Moloney missed with back stiffness but should return. Martin has missed eight weeks after an ankle repair but probably needs one more week in light training.

PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Andrew CarrazzoCalfTest
David EllardCalf3 weeks
Patrick McCarthyFoot7 weeks
Marc Murphy Cheekbone3 weeks
Rhys O'KeeffeFootIndefinite
Mitch RobinsonShoulderTest

The Doc says:  Murphy had a plate inserted for a left cheekbone (zygoma) depressed fracture. Most players miss at least three to four weeks but some play sooner with a helmet to protect the eye and cheek area. Robinson has a sore left shoulder but is expected to train. Carrazzo continue to frustrate with further calf swelling last week but is considered a good chance by the Blues this week, probably at VFL level.

PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Luke BallCalfTest
Dayne BeamsQuad2-3 weeks
Alex FasoloFootIndefinite
Jack FrostKnee2-4 weeks
Tyson GoldsackHip1-2 weeks
Ben JohnsonCalf 1 week
Jackson RamsayWrist2 weeks
Ben ReidThighTest
Dale ThomasAnkleIndefinite
Alan TooveyKneeSeason

The Doc says: Ben Reid had scans on a thigh but is expected to be OK after the bye. Ball was a late withdrawal with calf pain but the club feels he will be fit to train. Goldsack has been slower than expected and may need VFL time when returning

PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Courtenay DempseyChestTest
Michael HurleyWristTest
Leroy JettaQuadAvailable
Tayte PearsAnkleTest

The Doc says:  Hurley continues to play with a known right wrist scaphoid injury but is vulnerable each time he receives a heavy knock. The Bombers are still optimistic he can carry on to the end of season before undergoing corrective surgery. Pears has a left ankle sprain but will benefit from the bye week off. Dempsey is rated an outside chance only.

PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Kepler BradleyKneeSeason
Jesse CrichtonHipTest
Peter FaulksHipTest
Jonathon GriffinKneeSeason
Sam MenegolaKnee8 weeks
Craig MollerQuad3 weeks
Anthony MorabitoKnee2-3 weeks
Matthew PavlichAchilles1 week
Aaron SandilandsHamstring1-2 weeks
Hayden SchloitheCalfTest
Michael WaltersAnkleTest

The Doc says:  No new injuries after a victory over the Lions. Pavlich and Sandilands are edging closer to full training this week. Walters probably needs one to two more.

PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Paul ChapmanHamstringIndefinite
Allen ChristensenConcussionTest
Josh CowanHamstring2-3 weeks
Taylor HuntBroken collarboneTest
George Horlin-SmithThighTest
Steve JohnsonConcussionTest
Lincoln McCarthyFoot1-2 weeks
Hamish McIntoshAchilles3-4 weeks
Daniel MenzelKneeSeason
Steven MotlopPatella tendonitisTest
Jared RiversKnee2-3 weeks
Jackson SheringhamShoulder, hamstring2-3 weeks
Travis VarcoeShoulder3-4 weeks

The Doc says:  The Cats are coming off the bye and should have Motlop, Johnson and Christensen all available. Taylor Hunt is recovering faster than predicted after surgery but probably won't be risked yet.

  Gold Coast
PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Harley BennellHamstring1 week
Charlie DixonAnkleTest
Jesse LonerganHamstring1 week
Tom LynchKneeIndefinite
Brandon MateraAnkleIndefinite
Tom MurphyAnkleTest
Michael RischitelliElbowIndefinite
Henry SchadeAnkleTBC
Zac SmithKneeSeason
Matthew WarnockArm1 week
Joel WilkinsonAnkleTest

The Doc says:  Lynch has injured his right knee posterior cruciate ligament and could miss 8-10 weeks. Rischitelli has a severe right elbow medial sprain and may seek advice regarding a surgery option. Wilkinson has had ongoing left ankle soreness since a round four sprain. Murphy also has right ankle concerns. Dixon did not recover from a right ankle recurrence but now has the bye week in his favour.

  Greater Western Sydney
PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Dean BroganBackTest
Chad CornesKneeIndefinite
Phil DavisBack2 weeks
Jonathon PattonKneeSeason
Rhys PalmerFootTest
Andrew PhillipsHamstring2 weeks
Nathan WilsonCalfTest

The Doc says: The Giants have the bye, which will assist Brogan and Wilson to resume full testing for round 14. Davis is still making slow progress with a stress fracture but should be OK in the coming month.

PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Lance FranklinThumbTest
Cyril RioliHamstring1-2 weeks
Ryan SchoenmakersKneeSeason
Matt SucklingKneeSeason
Alex WoodwardKneeSeason

The Doc says:  No new major concerns for Hawks after a hard-fought win over the Blues. Franklin has an ongoing thumb injury but has been playing with a guard and strapping. They're having a good year overall on the injury front with Rioli due for a welcome return either in round 14 or 15.

PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Mitch ClarkFootIndefinite
Chris DawesAnkleTest
Michael EvansToe4 weeks
James Frawley HamstringTest
Jack GrimesShoulder3 weeks
Joel MacdonaldToeTest
Jordie McKenzieElbowTest
Jack VineyToe3 weeks

The Doc says:  The Demons are coming off the bye with Frawley and Dawes likely to play while McKenzie will also be ready.

  North Melbourne
PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Tom CurranFootSeason
Robbie TarrantLeg1 week

The Doc says: The Roos' injury list is the healthiest in the League and, with the exception of Curran's navicular fracture, is close to full strength.

  Port Adelaide
PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Travis BoakFingerTest
Dom CassisiHamstringAvailable
Brett EbertCalfAvailable
Cameron HitchcockAnkleTest
Jasper PittardHip flexorAvailable
Jarrad ReddenShoulderTest
Jackson TrengoveFoot2-3 weeks

The Doc says:  Boak has had surgery for a right little finger ligament rupture but may be able to play with a protective guard in round 14. Cassisi and Ebert lack match fitness while the Power appear to be taking a conservative approach to Redden's shoulder dislocation in the hope he won't re-injure it in the coming weeks.

PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Jake BatchelorKneeTest
Ben DarrouJaw4-6 weeks
Matt DeaCalfTest
Dylan GrimesFoot3-5 weeks
Chris KnightsKneeSeason
Ricky PetterdCalfTest
Shane TuckShoulder1 week
Cadeyn WilliamsShoulderSeason

The Doc says:  Batchelor injured his knee at training but is ready to train again. Dea and Petterd are in the mix while both Morris and Newman are nursing sore ankles with Morris in some minor doubt for Saturday night.

 St Kilda
PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Jason BlakeCalf3-4 weeks
Sam FisherFootTest
Sam GilbertKnee4-6 weeks
Lenny HayesCalfTest
Beau MaisterHamstring6-8 weeks
Daniel MarkworthKneeSeason
Darren MinchingtonHamstring1-2 weeks
Adam SchneiderHamstring1-2 weeks

The Doc says:  Maister has had hamstring biceps (femoris) repair and will struggle to return in 2013. Hayes is ready to train hard and will push for selection. Fisher has stress midfoot issues but may be considered if he impresses at training but is an outside chance only.

  Sydney Swans
PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Lewis JettaShinTest
Alex JohnsonKneeSeason
Shane MumfordFace3 weeks
Sam NaismithKneeIndefinite
Sam ReidQuadTest
Lewis Roberts-ThomsonKnee3-4 weeks
Gary RohanLegIndefinite
Rhyce ShawAbdomenIndefinite
Tommy WalshHamstringSeason

The Doc says:  The Swans are coming off the bye. Reid is on the cusp of return if he completes full training tests, which is similar for Jetta.

  West Coast
PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Brant ColledgeHamstring4 weeks
Brad DickHamstring1-2 weeks
Darren GlassHipTest
Josh KennedyCalfTest
Mark LeCrasArmTest
Cale MortonHamstringAvailable
Adam SelwoodBack2 weeks
Beau WatersQuadTest
Sharrod WellinghamAnkle2-3 weeks

The Doc says: Kennedy missed round 11 with ongoing calf soreness but is ready to return this week after the bye. Waters and Glass should also return but LeCras' arm fracture continues to be sore since surgery after round one. He may be tested and continue playing with a protective guard.

  Western Bulldogs
PlayerInjuryEstimated Return
Ayce CordyStress fracturesAvailable
Shaun HigginsFootSeason
Lin JongLegAvailable
Josh PruddenAnkle1-2 weeks
Fletcher RobertsQuad2-3 weeks
Koby Stevens ShoulderTest
Tom WilliamsShoulderSeason
Easton WoodHamstring4 weeks
Tom Young Calf1-2 weeks

The Doc says:  Stevens collided with Cloke on the weekend but appeared to settle after the game and will be treated all week. No other likely senior returns.