Zorko gone for a few, Zak Jones not ruled out

Dayne Zorko’s stint on the sidelines has been confirmed, while Jon Patton and Dustin Martin both received the all-clear after recently injury niggles and the Zak Jones’ mystery continues.

Brisbane Lions confirmed that midfielder Dayne Zorko (AF $687k, SC $501k – MID) will miss two to three games.

Lions High Performance Manager Damien Austin said: “It will be two or three weeks. Hopefully we’ll get him back soon as there’s not too much damage there.

“It was disappointing throughout the game, but he did all the training and hit all the measures that we needed him too to tick the boxes.”

Austin also said ruckman Stefan Martin was firmly in the mix to return in Round Five after a hamstring issue.

Jon Patton (AF $337k, SC $304k – FWD) still has more owners than you’d expect, despite his slow start and recent foot issue, but it looks like he’ll be back this weekend after being a late withdrawal in Round Four.

Hawthorn Physical Performance Manager Luke Boyd: “His function wasn’t quite good enough for us to play him. He managed to train fully today though and he should be available to play this weekend.”

Boyd also confirmed that forward Luke Breust will miss four-to-five weeks after jaw surgery.

If you’re worried about the fitness of Dustin Martin (AF $712k, SC $530k – MID/FWD) after his recent ribs issue, you can stop.

Richmond Physical Performance Manager Peter Burge: “Dusty’s pulled up fine. He got through the game so he’ll have full training this week and be available to play this weekend again.”

Adelaide rookie Will Hamill (AF $189k, SC$129k – DEF) is progressing well after concussion and the Crows are optimistic he’ll be right to play in Round Five.

Rory Sloane (AF $635k, SC $518k – MID) will be left to the last minute as he battles an ankle issue. Crows Head of Medicine and Science Steve Saunders said Sloane had pulled “really quite sore”.

St Kilda’s Zak Jones (AF $675k, SC $480k – MID) hasn’t been ruled out of Thursday’s clash with Carlton despite hamstring tightness.

Saints Head of Football David Rath said: “Thankfully it isn’t anything major with Zak and we will wait to see how it settles this week before deciding on his selection against Carlton.”

Carlton High Performance Director Andrew Russell said Jack Silvagni (AF $424k, SC $280k – FWD) should only miss one week.

West Coast confirmed Jeremy McGovern was in line to return, while Essendon revealed Tom Cutler will miss a few weeks.

John Worsfold, Brett Ratten and Nathan Buckley will all speak to the media and the Saints and Blues will confirm their sides for Thursday’s match.

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