R6 Rolling Injury Report: Cripps & Heeney worries, Duncan hamstring
Game by game snippets of key injury information from Round Six, to help forward planning, including the latest on Mitch Duncan, Curtis Taylor, Sam Sturt and Hugh McCluggage.
Carlton v Western Bulldogs
Carlton had some worries which coach David Teague seemed to brush off. On the well-owned Patrick Cripps (AF $732k SC $551k MID), Teague said: “I think it was a jarred shoulder… I asked if he was good to go back on & they said ‘yes’. He seemed happy in the rooms & wasn’t complaining about the shoulder after the game.”
On Marc Murphy (AF $633k SC $434k MID), Teague said: “It’s not an ankle. It was more towards his hip area. When it happened he thought he’d hurt something but by the time we finished the game he said it felt good so I think he’ll be right.”
Richmond v Sydney
Popular utility Isaac Heeney (AF $644k SC $468k MID/FWD) could be set for a stint on the sidelines with an ankle complaint which plagued him throughout the game.
Sydney coach John Longmire said: “Isaac is still being assessed so I’ve got no idea at the moment. It’s obviously a pretty bad ankle because he’s pretty tough, he wouldn’t go off normally unless it’s pretty bad.”
The Swans also lost midfielder Josh Kennedy (AF $776k SC $560k MID) to a medial strain. Swans coach John Longmire said: “Josh has done a medial so he’ll miss a number of weeks. It’s pretty bad.”
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick updated that Trent Cotchin (AF $606k SC $469k MID) will likely not be available after a hamstring injury until Round Eight.
Port Adelaide v GWS Giants
Cam Sutcliffe injured his hamstring for Port. Power coach Ken Hinkley said: “Cam Sutcliffe has done a hamstring. I don’t think it is a big one.”
Daniel Lloyd was GWS’ only concern with concussion. GWS coach Leon Cameron said: “He was cleared and came back but at the half time break he looked like he was going downhill so we ruled him out.”
Essendon v North Melbourne
Popular North forward Curtis Taylor (AF $358k SC $269k FWD) received a heavy hit from Dylan Shiel and underwent a concussion test but played on. North coach Rhyce Shaw said: “He’s fine. He’s been cleared from what I know so he should be right.” Jed Anderson was a late withdrawal with a quad injury.
Essendon’s Dylan Shiel (AF $765k SC $566k MID) was charged with Engaging in Rough Conduct against Taylor and can accept a two-match sanction with an early plea.
Melbourne v Gold Coast
Dees big man Tom McDonald copped a finger to his eye and was unable to return.
West Coast v Adelaide
The Crows will sweat on scans for Shane McAdam (AF $205k SC $142k FWD) and Rory Sloane (AF $590k SC $505k MID) after they picked up ankle and hand issues.
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said: “We don’t know the detail (on McAdam) yet. He’s pulled up reasonably well. Fingers crossed on that because we love what Shane brought.”
Nicks added: “Sloaney took a knock to the hand. We’ll have to scan that or an X-ray to check what’s happened there… Fingers crossed it’s not a break.”
Fremantle v St Kilda
Freo rookie Hayden Young (AF $353k SC $262k DEF) injured his ankle, while Nat Fyfe (AF $755k SC $670k MID) played forward for large parts of the game, not midfield, upon his return from a hamstring problem, leaving coaches scratching their heads.
Dockers coach Justin Longmuir insisted playing Fyfe forward was purely tactical and had nothing to do with injury.
Longmuir also spoke about Young, when he said: “It looks like he’s rolled his ankle. We’ll get it scanned. Hopefully it’s not a bad one. We’ll see. It’s a bit hard to tell sometimes with ankle injuries.”
Sam Sturt (AF $237k SC $195k FWD) was a late withdrawal after injuring his ankle on Thursday but Longmuir was hopeful he’d push to return for next weekend’s Western Derby.
Longmuir said: “He’s a chance. He rolled his ankle at training. When you do it two days before a game it doesn’t give you much time. It’d be nice for him to get up & be available for selection. It’s a different ankle (to last time).”
St Kilda’s Ben Long was charged with Engaging in Rough Conduct against Sean Darcy and has been referred directly to the Tribunal and cannot accept an early plea.
Collingwood v Hawthorn
Well-owned Hawks forward Jon Patton (AF $337k SC $304k RUCK/FWD) went off early with a hamstring injury, which appeared worse than it was, given the big man was in tears.
Hawthorn Football Operations General Manager Graham Wright said: “He hurt a hamstring … He’s nipped it, he’ll miss the rest of the match. We don’t think it’s a bad one but probably enough to miss one or two.”
Collingwood lost debutant Will Kelly (AF $170k SC $123k FWD) to injury, which coach Nathan Buckley originally speculated as a dislocated elbow.
The Pies confirmed on Saturday: “Scans in Sydney this morning revealed a fracture above his elbow that will require surgery. Kelly and the club will know more about his immediate prospects after consulting with specialists.”
Geelong v Brisbane Lions
Popular Cats midfielder Mitch Duncan (AF $790k SC $600k MID) left the game early with a hamstring issue, along with teammate Quinton Narkle (AF $511k SC $411k MID).
Cats coach Chris Scott said: “They’ll travel to Perth… It wasn’t a standard hammy where they were running & it came out of nowhere. The initial feedback is they’re both quite minor.
“Duncan was assessed for a long time and there was a real possibility he could come back, so that’s a good sign. Narkle was a bit more obvious that he couldn’t come back. That’s all the feedback I can give you.”
Brisbane had issues too, with emerging mid Hugh McCluggage (AF $711k SC $580k MID) copping a hit to the shoulder but he played on, while Mitch Robinson (AF $664k SC $516k MID) had a thigh complaint.
Lions coach Chris Fagan said: “Hugh got a knock to his shoulder. We’ll see how that is in the morning. He was able to play out the game but we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
“Mitch got a fairly decent corkie. We’re fortunate to have 8-9 days to prepare for our next game.”