Fyfe cork, Duncan ‘still a chance’, Heeney & Kelly seasons over

Fremantle revealed Nat Fyfe actually picked up a cork injury on Saturday, while Geelong haven’t ruled out Mitch Duncan and Sydney confirmed Isaac Heeney’s season is over on a busy day.

Well-owned onballer Nat Fyfe (AF $714k SC $639k MID) has a cork issue from Saturday’s win over St Kilda but Freo believe he’ll be fine for Sunday’s Western Derby.

The match was Fyfe’s return from a hamstring injury which only saw him miss one game, yet he was deployed forward for long periods of the second half, leading to questions about his fitness.

Freo coach Justin Longmuir insisted the decision to play him forward was tactical, but Dockers High Performance Manager Jason Weber on Monday revealed he was nursing an issue too.

“Nat went forward in the second half, that was a very tactical move from Justin Longmuir,” Weber said.

“He came back quickly from a hamstring and he’s pulled up really well today. He’s got a cork on his opposite leg which is limiting him a bit but he’ll be up and going in the next few days.”

Youngster Hayden Young (AF $355k SC $273k DEF) has been listed as “TBA” with his ankle injury sustained against the Saints.

Weber said: “Hayden had a nasty twist to his ankle during a tackle. At this stage, he’s seeing a specialist and we’ll progress that accordingly.”

Freo also confirmed Sam Sturt (AF $237k SC $195k FWD) will miss two-to-three games with the ankle injury he picked up in training.

Geelong haven’t ruled out Mitch Duncan (AF $744k SC $555k MID) playing in Thursday’s match against Collingwood despite picking up a hamstring injury last round against Brisbane.

Geelong GM of Football Simon Lloyd said: “Mitch suffered a mild hamstring strain in the first quarter.

“He was doing some explosive running on the sidelines and could slightly feel it so he’s still a chance to play this week. He’s rehabbing around the clock at the moment, so he’ll go close.”

Quinton Narkle (AF $473k SC $378k MID) will definitely miss with his hamstring injury being more severe.

“Quinton’s hamstring strain was more significant,” Lloyd said. “He’ll tick all the boxes in the coming weeks and he’s an important player for us, so he’ll do all the work and come back fit and strong.”

Popular SuperCoach pick Josh Daicos (AF $560k SC $391k MID) is in line to return this round from an ankle injury, although note the Pies have a Thursday game.

Collingwood Football GM Geoff Walsh said:  “He’ll have a test tomorrow or Wednesday. So far all the signs are good and Josh should be available for selection this week.”

Youngster Will Kelly (AF $173k SC $123k FWD) is done for 2020 with his fractured elbow, with Walsh confirming: “We would expect he’ll undergo surgery in the next 24 hours. Unfortunately that’ll mean his season will be terminated.”

Isaac Heeney (AF $644k SC $468k MID/FWD) will miss the remainder of the 2020 season due to a significant ankle injury.

The Sydney Swans club statement said: “Heeney will require surgery after scans revealed he has suffered a dislocation and ruptured the medial ligament in this ankle.”

There was further bad news for the Swans with midfielder Josh Kennedy (AF $733k SC $501k MID) also ruled out for six weeks after rupturing the medial ligament in his knee.

Longmire also said Callum Sinclair is a “chance” to return this week, while he was “not sure” on Tom McCartin and “not yet” for Sam Reid.

North Melbourne confirmed that popular forward Curtis Taylor (AF $379k SC $276k FWD) has been cleared of a facial fracture after an MRI on Monday morning.

Port forward Brett Ebert (AF $692k SC $492k FWD) has been charged with engaging in Rough Conduct against Harry Perryman and can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Essendon confirmed they’ll challenge the two-week ban for Dylan Shiel (AF $751k SC $557k MID), although they’ll only be looking to reduce it to one week, meaning he’ll miss Round Seven.

Jon Patton (AF $301k SC $271k RUCK/FWD) revealed his hamstring will sideline him for four weeks.

Adelaide announced that luckless Rory Sloane (AF $559k SC $486k MID) has fractured his hand and will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks.

Geelong and Collingwood coaches Chris Scott and Nathan Buckley will speak to the media on Tuesday, although both clubs released their weekly injury updates on Monday so they’re unlikely to glean anything new.

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