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UPDATE: Giant taken to hospital with elevated heart rate

Adam Kennedy was taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up after falling ill during a NEAFL game

9:02pm Jul 20, 2019

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Emerging Roos forward set for post-season heart surgery

Nick Larkey will have surgery to help prevent the heart palpitations that caused him to leave the field last week

10:31am Jul 20, 2019

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Ward a key cog as Cogs works toward finals

Injured Giants skipper will work closely with star mid to try and make finals

10:03am Jul 20, 2019

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Simpson reveals Nic Nat's deadline to avoid season-ending surgery

The clock is ticking for Nic Naitanui to keep his finals hopes alive

6:59pm Jul 18, 2019

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Injury-plagued North tagger ruled out for the season

Ben Jacobs has put a line through his year in a bid to recover from ongoing head and neck problems

12:38pm Jul 17, 2019

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Eagles opt against Nic Nat surgery, goalsneak out for a month

West Coast hopes its star ruckman might play again this season by avoiding surgery on his injured ankle

8:15pm Jul 16, 2019

 

AFL Injury List

ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tom Doedee  Knee  Season
 Cam Ellis-Yolmen  Shin  1-2 weeks
 Tom Lynch  Calf  1 week
 Shane McAdam  Hamstring  1 week
 Ned McHenry  Back  Test
 Myles Poholke  Calf  2 weeks
 Patrick Wilson  Concussion  Test
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

The Crows are aiming for Lynch to return from a calf injury in next week's round 19 encounter with Carlton at the MCG. The link-up forward hasn't played since injuring the intramuscular tendon in his left calf in the warm-up before the round 12 game with Greater Western Sydney in early June. Lynch travelled to the Gold Coast with the team last week, completing the main training session and running 12km on the weekend. Ellis-Yolmen could also return against the Blues as he recovers from a low-level stress reaction to his right fibula sustained in round 15. However, both might need a game in the reserves before being considered for the senior side. Wilson suffered a head knock in the first quarter of the Crows' SANFL game against Port Adelaide last weekend and will need to pass concussion tests this week, while McHenry is aiming to return from a lower back injury. McAdam had hamstring soreness after a training session last week and won't play this weekend. - Lee Gaskin

BRISBANE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Tom Cutler  Foot  Test
 Mitch Hinge  Hamstring  4-5 weeks
 Eric Hipwood  Knee  Test
 Hugh McCluggage  Hamstring  Test
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

McCluggage and Hipwood were both with the rehab group at Tuesday's training session and will need to pass fitness tests to play North Melbourne on Saturday night. Cutler is expected to return through the NEAFL. - Michael Whiting 

CARLTON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 David Cuningham  Knee  1 week
 Charlie Curnow  Knee  1-2 weeks 
 Sam Docherty  Knee   Indefinite
 Hugh Goddard  Fractured cheekbone  1-2 weeks
 Caleb Marchbank  Neck  Season
 Mitch McGovern  Soreness  TBC
 Liam Stocker  Foot  Test 
 Jacob Weitering  Broken nose  Test
 Tom Williamson  Back  Indefinite
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

The Blues will give McGovern as long as he needs to get himself into shape after he was managed last week. Don't expect him back against the Suns. Weitering and Stocker should feature at some level this week, though Cuningham is another week away due to a lingering knee issue.Riley Beveridge

COLLINGWOOD

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 James Aish  Shoulder  TBC
 Dayne Beams  Hip/mental health  Indefinite
 Lynden Dunn  Knee  Season
 Jeremy Howe  Calf  Test
 Will Kelly  Leg  1-2 weeks
 Tom Langdon  Knee  Indefinite
 Max Lynch  Shoulder  Test
 Jack Madgen  Ankle  Test
 Darcy Moore  Hamstring  TBC
 Nathan Murphy  Back  Indefinite
 Sam Murray  Provisional ASADA suspension  TBC
 Scott Pendlebury  Finger  Test
 Ben Reid  Calf  TBC
 Jaidyn Stephenson  Suspended  6 weeks
 Anton Tohill  Hip  Test
 Travis Varcoe  Finger  Test
 Daniel Wells   Knee  7 weeks
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

Pendlebury is hopeful but probably unlikely to lead the Magpies against Greater Western Sydney at Giants Stadium on Saturday, just seven days after surgery. Moore will miss an undetermined number of games with a "minor" hamstring injury, and Aish is sore, but Howe only needs to get through training to be passed fit. Varcoe, Lynch, Madgen and Tohill will undergo fitness tests but Reid is still some time away. Langdon is making inroads, Murphy's recovery from ankle and now back issues has also been slow, and Kelly is also being managed conservatively. Stephenson will be available at finals time while Wells will race the clock to return before season's end. But the campaign seems over for veterans Dunn and Beams, with the latter now taking indefinite leave to deal with his mental issues. - Ben Collins

ESSENDON

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Patrick Ambrose  Quad  Test
 Tom Bellchambers  Calf  3-4 weeks
 Joe Daniher  Groin  Season
 Sam Draper  Knee  Season
 Dyson Heppell  Foot  Test
 Michael Hurley  Shoulder  6-8 weeks
 Irving Mosquito  Hamstring  1-2 weeks
 Kobe Mutch  Knee  TBC
 Devon Smith  Knee  Season
 James Stewart  Groin  TBC
 Updated: Monday, July 15

Early prognosis

Losing Hurley, potentially for the rest of the season, is a massive blow for the Bombers. They will be hoping Ambrose is available for the clash after recovering well from a quad strain he suffered in the warm-up before the Bombers beat GWS three weeks ago. Heppell is the watch this week as he recovers from a foot injury that has ruled him out of the last two games. The skipper will need to get through training to be available for Friday night's clash with Adelaide. - Callum Twomey

FREMANTLE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Brennan Cox  Hip   2 weeks
 Stefan Giro  Knee  Season
 Jesse Hogan  Foot  TBA
 Scott Jones  Calf  2 weeks
 Shane Kersten  Foot  TBC
 Lloyd Meek  Foot  Season
 Alex Pearce  Ankle  Season
 Aaron Sandilands  Calf  Available
 Matt Taberner  Foot  Season
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

Hogan won't return from a month lay-off against Sydney on Saturday night after pulling up sore from training. Veteran ruckman Sandilands was managed from the trip to Launceston following his first game in a year but hopes to return against the Swans.  Travis King

GEELONG

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Gary Ablett  Hip  Test
 Nakia Cockatoo  Knee  2 weeks
 Jordan Cunico  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Jake Kolodjashnij  Concussion  Test
 Sam Menegola  Knee  Test
 Scott Selwood  Ribs  Test
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

Ablett will look to increase his movement during Thursday's main session, with an eight-day break to assist his chances. Selwood's scans showed no fracture after rib damage with his availability to be assessed after main training. Menegola will return on restricted minutes via the VFL. Kolodjashnij will need to be ticked off after missing last week. - Mitch Cleary

GOLD COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Callum Ah Chee  Ankle  5 weeks
 Ben Ainsworth  Foot  1 week
 Jack Bowes  Quad  1 week
 Sam Collins  Hip  Season
 Brayden Crossley  Personal leave  TBC
 Nick Holman  Back  Indefinite
 Jack Martin   Finger  TBC
 Jordan Murdoch  Quad  1 week
 Wil Powell  Knee  TBC
 Izak Rankine  Hip  TBC
 Josh Schoenfeld  Knee  Test
 Rory Thompson  Knee  Season
 Harrison Wigg  Knee  Season
 Aaron Young  Knee  TBC
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

Murdoch was a late withdrawal from the NEAFL last weekend and will now miss another match with a quad problem. Rankine's hip must be a concern. Originally the Suns said it was "minor" after niggling it in his only NEAFL match three weeks ago and now he's listed as a TBC. - Michael Whiting

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Stephen Coniglio  Knee  8 weeks
 Aidan Corr  Calf  2-3 weeks
 Isaac Cumming  Hamstring  4 weeks
 Matt de Boer  Shoulder  5-7 weeks
 Matt Flynn  Knee  Shoulder
 Lachlan Keeffe  Broken hand  Test
 Josh Kelly  Calf  3 weeks
 Zac Langdon  Ankle  8 weeks
 Xavier O'Halloran  Knee  4 weeks
 Jonathon Patton  Knee  TBC
 Tommy Sheridan  Calf  TBC
 Callan Ward  Knee  Season
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

Shane Mumford is available to face Collingwood in Saturday's crucial clash at Giants Stadium after missing the past two games. Coniglio had successful surgery on Tuesday morning and will likely only play again this year if his rehabilitation goes perfectly, and the Giants can play multiple finals. Langdon had surgery on a syndesmosis issue late last week and is in the same boat as Coniglio, while in further bad news, Flynn tore his ACL in the NEAFL last week. - Adam Curley

HAWTHORN

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Jon Ceglar   Managed  Available
 Jack Gunston  Leg/soreness  Available
 Harry Jones  Knee  Season
 Tom Mitchell  Broken leg  Indefinite
 Tim Mohr  Dislocated knee/ACL  Season
 Dylan Moore  Groin  2 weeks
 Harry Morrison  Back spasms  Test
 Jackson Ross  Illness  Available
 Ryan Schoenmakers  Calf  2 weeks
 Jack Scrimshaw  Knee  2 weeks
 Updated: Thursday, July 18

Early prognosis

Gunston is set to return after a week off to rest the niggles he's dealt with for some time, while Ceglar also sat out of the VFL at the weekend. The news isn't so good for promising Hawks midfielder Jones, who's won 25 possessions or more three times in the past month in the VFL. He sustained a PCL injury – the same setback that sidelined Grant Birchall for so long – playing for Box Hill and will miss the rest of the season. Scrimshaw, who last played in round 10, and Jones are at least another fortnight away. There was no update on Harry Morrison or Jackson Ross. Chad Wingard (hamstring) and Changkuoth Jiath (broken jaw) resumed in the AFL and VFL last week, respectively.Marc McGowan

MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Jeff Garlett  Shoulder  Season
 Marty Hore  Collarbone  2-3 weeks
 Kade Kolodjashnij  Head  TBC
 Tom McDonald  Knee  Season
 Jake Melksham   Foot   3-4 weeks
 Aaron Nietschke  Knee  Season
 Joel Smith  Groin  Season
 Tim Smith  Calf   Test
 Tom Sparrow  Knee  3-4 weeks
 Billy Stretch  Foot  3-4 weeks
 Aaron vandenBerg  Ankle  TBC
 Guy Walker  Shoulder  Indefinite
 Sam Weideman  Calf  Test
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

Both Smith and Weideman need to get through tests in order to complete their recoveries from calf injuries. Hore has successfully had surgery on his collarbone and has returned to running, but remains several weeks away. Melksham is set to make his long-awaited return to training next week; if he is fit to play in three weeks as listed by the club, it will mark 13 weeks since fracturing his foot. He was originally calculated to miss four to six weeks.Sarah Black

NORTH MELBOURNE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Taylor Garner  Club suspension  Round 19
 Aaron Hall  Personal leave  Indefinite
 Kyron Hayden  Achilles  Season
 Shaun Higgins  AC joint  Test
 Ben Jacobs  Head/neck  Indefinite
 Nick Larkey  Heart palpitations  Test
 Luke McDonald  Fractured fibula  Season
 Tom McKenzie   Back  TBC
 Tom Murphy  Ankle  1 week
 Bailey Scott  Foot  Indefinite
 Dom Tyson  Calf  TBC
 Ed Vickers-Willis  Knee  Season
 Will Walker  Knee  TBC
 Mason Wood  Quad  Test
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

McDonald's season is over after sustaining a fracture near his right ankle. Higgins is pushing to return after almost six weeks out and a call will be made later in the week on his readiness. Wood was a late withdrawal in round 17 and is expected to be fit, while club medicos believe Larkey's ongoing heart-related issue is only minor. - Marc McGowan

PORT ADELAIDE

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Ryan Burton  Hamstring  Indefinite
 Tobin Cox  Kidney  Indefinite
 Brad Ebert  Knee  Indefinite
 Billy Frampton  Suspension  2 weeks
 Riley Grundy  Finger  Test
 Dan Houston  Illness  Test
 Trent McKenzie  Back  Test
 Jake Patmore  Knee  Season
 Jack Trengove  Leg  1-2 weeks
 Jack Watts  Leg  Indefinite
 Ollie Wines  Thumb  Test
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

Ebert sustained a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the Power's loss to Brisbane. The Power haven't released a timeline for his return, but he's likely to miss several weeks. It's a similar scenario for Burton after the defender injured his right hamstring. He's expected to miss at least a month. Co-captain Wines fractured his left thumb in the opening quarter of the Power's loss to Brisbane. He played out the game, but is in doubt to face Richmond at the MCG on Saturday. Houston is expected to recover from illness in time to take on the Tigers after he was a late scratching from the side that lost to the Lions. Frampton accepted a two-game suspension for a crude hit on Adelaide midfielder Patrick Wilson that left him concussed in last weekend's SANFL game in Port Pirie. McKenzie suffered back spasms in the same game, and will be assessed this week. - Lee Gaskin

RICHMOND

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Noah Balta  Quad  Test
 Liam Baker  Hip  Test
 Jack Higgins  Brain bleed  TBC
 Callum Moore  Ankle  3-4 weeks
 Toby Nankervis  Adductor  Test
 Marlion Pickett  Finger  1-2 weeks
 Alex Rance  Knee  Season
 Jack Ross  Ankle  3-4 weeks
 Fraser Turner  Leg  3-4 weeks
 Mav Weller  Ribs  Test
 Updated: Wednesday, July 17

Early prognosis

Higgins may miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with bleeding on the brain. First-choice ruck Nankervis is a definite chance to take on Port Adelaide this weekend. Balta, Baker and Weller are also tests, but less likely to play than Nankervis. – Sarah Black.

ST KILDA

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Logan Austin  Shoulder  Indefinite
 Josh Battle  Knee  1-2 weeks
 Jack Bytel  Back  Season
 Jarryn Geary  Leg  4-6 weeks
 Dan Hannebery  Hamstring  Indefinite
 Dean Kent  Quad  Season
 Max King  Ankle  Season
 Billy Longer  Concussion  Indefinite
 Paddy McCartin  Concussion  Season
 Ed Phillips  Hamstring  Test
 Lewis Pierce  Concussion  Indefinite
 Dylan Roberton  Heart  Season
 Jack Steven  Mental health  Indefinite
 Jimmy Webster  Back  1-2 weeks
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

The Saints say Hannebery will receive 'ongoing assessment' as he struggles to overcome a hamstring issue. Webster has been plagued by a back issue in recent weeks while Phillips will be eyeing off a VFL return against Footscray on Sunday. - Dinny Navaratnam

SYDNEY

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Darcy Cameron  Quad  3-4 weeks
 Harry Cunningham  Groin  2-3 weeks
 Lance Franklin  Hamstring  2-3 weeks
 Matthew Ling  Achilles  3-4 weeks
 Jack Maibaum  Knee  Season
 Jarrad McVeigh  Calf  4 weeks
 Sam Naismith  Knee  3-4 weeks
 Callum Sinclair  Shoulder  3-4 weeks
 Nick Smith  Hamstring   Season
 Durak Tucker  Knee  TBC
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

 Early prognosis

Cunningham pulled up sore after the loss to Carlton and will miss at least a couple of games. McVeigh strained his calf in his return to the field from a hamstring injury last week in a big blow for the veteran, while Cameron re-injured his quad at training last week. Franklin remains at least three weeks away, while Sinclair is progressing slowly from his dislocated shoulder. Naismith is on track to play in round 19 at NEAFL level. Adam Curley

WEST COAST

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Brendon Ah Chee  Calf  1 week
 Patrick Bines  Hernia  2 weeks
 Jamie Cripps  Adductor  3-4 weeks
 Liam Duggan  Ankle  3-4 weeks
 Harry Edwards  Foot  2 weeks
 Luke Foley  Calf  1 week
 Mark Hutchings  Hamstring  2 weeks
 Nic Naitanui  Ankle  Indefinite
 Josh Smith  Hamstring  TBC
 Nathan Vardy  Ankle/Knee  1-2 weeks
 Daniel Venables  Concussion  Season
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

As if the one-point loss to Collingwood wasn't tough enough to take, Naitanui's syndesmosis injury and Cripps' month-long groin issue has rubbed salt into the wounds. Injuries to key personnel are starting to pile up at the wrong time, with concerns over veteran spearhead Josh Kennedy's battle-scarred body as well, while young forward Venables has been ruled out for the year after copping a bad concussion in round nine. - Travis King

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Player

Injury

Estimated Return

 Marcus Bontempelli  Ankle  Test
 Caleb Daniel  Hamstring  Test
 Ryan Gardner  Knee  6-7 weeks
 Fergus Greene  Shoulder  Season
 Tom Liberatore  Knee  Test
 Toby McLean  Hamstring  2-3 weeks
 Mitch Wallis  Ankle  Indefinite
 Lukas Webb  Ankle  2-3 weeks
 Lewis Young  Back  Test
 Updated: Tuesday, July 16

Early prognosis

Bontempelli is in doubt for this week after injuring one of the ligaments in his ankle, and McLean is going to miss a few weeks after hurting his hamstring. Liberatore and Daniel will be touch and go this weekend, but it's worse news for Wallis, who will require ankle surgery.Josh Schonafinger

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