Good news for Fyfe, rookies return & Giants duo floored

Nat Fyfe leads the injury news on Monday although it’s more minor than expected, while rookies Sam Sturt and Ben Cavarra are suddenly back in the mix for coaches who held.

HIGH FYFE
Owners of Nat Fyfe (AF $755k, SC $670k – FWD) have been left with a small quandary with Fremantle revealing his hamstring isn’t too bad and he may miss only 1-2 matches. It’s tempting to hold.

Dockers high performance manager Jason Weber said: “Nat’s scan’s been quite positive, he’s got a small amount of damage, very much to the outside of the muscle so we’ve only listed him as one to two weeks.

“(The duration of the injury) will really depend on how he pulls up. Nat’s quite the consummate professional, he heals well and looks after himself so we’ll be challenging Nat all the way along.”

Freo had more good news on Monday with forward Sam Sturt (AF $214k, SC $152k – FWD), who had been set for a month out, now in the mix to play in Round 5 after suffering an ankle injury in Round 3.

“Sam’s progressed really well, he had quite a challenging ankle/foot injury,” Weber said.

“You can give the young man kudos to the amount of effort he put into the rehab process. He’ll be a genuine test this week.”

Weber also confirmed Stephen Hill (AF $434k, SC $190k – DEF/FWD) had pulled up well after his first game back and, for those patient enough to hold, Blake Acres (AF $501k, SC $384k – MID/FWD) was a test after a calf injury.

GIANT BLOW
Bad news for Zac Williams (AF $640k, SC $479k – DEF) and Isaac Cumming (AF $317k, SC $250k – DEF) owners with the GWS pair both set for lengthy stints on the sidelines.

Williams injured his hamstring in the Giants’ win over Collingwood and will miss four weeks, while Cumming sustained a hamstring injury in their reserves’ practice match and is out for 10-12 weeks.

GWS Head of Medical Cullan Ball: “We got a scan on his hamstring which just shows a little split in his upper hamstring tendon.

“We think Zac will probably miss about a month.”

Ball added on Cumming: “Unfortunately he had an incident in that (practice) game and his scan shows he has torn that tendon in the upper part of his hamstring pretty badly.”

The good news came for Phil Davis, who has low ownership, listed as a test despite his hamstring scare.

OTHERS
Geelong confirmed that Tom Stewart (AF $65k, SC $498k – DEF) had undergone surgery on his fractured collarbone on Monday afternoon.

Cats Footy GM Simon Lloyd said: “He fractured his collarbone and is being operated on this afternoon. Hopefully he will be back at the club in no time.”

St Kilda didn’t release anything public on Zak Jones (AF $675k, SC $480k – MID) but it was reported that the scan on his hamstring showed no major damage but it may be tight to be available for Thursday’s re-arranged game against Carlton.

For those who held Dogs small forward Ben Cavarra (AF $173k , SC $123k – FWD) on their bench since Round 1, he may be back from a broken hand, with the club declaring he’s a test to be available this weekend.

There’s still no precise on the absence of Collingwood’s Jeremy Howe (AF $638k, SC $536k – DEF) but Pies GM of Football Geoff Walsh said “it is going to be a matter of months rather than weeks”.

TOMORROW
Three AFL coaches front the media tomorrow, led by John Longmire, Chris Scott and David Teague. Rising Star Tom Green will also speak.

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