Yeo ban overturned, Giants trio set to return, Cripps update

It was a bumper Tuesday with clubs releasing their injury lists, Elliot Yeo’s suspension being overturned and the teams for the first game of the frenzy being announced.

The growing band of coaches who own Elliot Yeo (AF $667k SC $499k MID) will be relieved with the news the West Coast midfielder has had his one-game suspension for striking overturned.

Yeo challenged the suspension offered for the incident with Collingwood’s Rupert Wills, which was graded by Match Review Officer Michael Christian as Intentional Conduct, Low Impact and High Contact.

West Coast said: “The Eagles’ counsel David Grace QC argued the force was not enough to constitute a reportable offence, with Yeo declaring he hit Wills with an open palm to his chest which may have brushed his neck.”

Yeo will be free to play Geelong on Saturday night.

Ins: Toby McLean, Sam Lloyd, Trent Cotchin, Sydney Stack, Oleg Markov, Jack Ross
Outs: Callum Porter (injured), Lachie Young, Nick Vlastuin (injured), Patrick Naish, Daniel Rioli, Jack Graham

Richmond and the Western Bulldogs announced their 22s for Wednesday’s match, with numerous changes, although only a few which are AFL Fantasy or SuperCoach relevant.

The good news was that Marlion Pickett (AF $380k SC $290k MID) held his spot despite a below-par game against GWS, while Trent Cotchin (AF $606k SC $469k MID) is back from injury and surprisingly still well-owned.

Bad news if you jumped on rookie Callum Porter (AF $178k SC $123k MID), as he’ll miss Wednesday’s game against Richmond with a shoulder injury.

Good news is it’s only minor. Dogs medical services manager Chris Bell said: “In his first game in the AFL, Cal received a hit to his shoulder and it’s caused a minor grade AC injury. He’s going to miss the next one to two weeks.”

GWS Giants revealed Zac Williams (AF $640k SC $479k DEF), Callan Ward (AF $556k SC $488k MID) and Shane Mumford (AF $444k SC $410k RUCK) are all in the mix to play Gold Coast this round after injuries.

On Williams (hamstring), GWS Head of Medical Cullan Ball said: “Zac is available to play and had a clearance session on the weekend. He got through that really well and now is training with the main group this week and is available for selection this weekend.”

On Ward (knee), Ball said: “Wardy has done really well. He’s done everything we could ask of him and he’s ticked all the boxes off and performed really well. We also expect him to be available this weekend.”

The Giants simply said Mumford was “available for selection having missed round eight with a neck injury” which will impact Sam Jacobs (AF $528k SC $398k RUCK).

Carlton’s weekly injury update included Patrick Cripps’ (AF $662k SC $478k MID) name again, listed as having a chest issue, but as “available for selection”.

Hawks ruckman Keegan Brooksby (AF $331k SC $117k RUCK) could get another game with Hawthorn confirming that Jon Ceglar (AF $571k SC $415k RUCK/FWD) is “taking slightly longer than expected to recover from a crack in his toe, and will face a race against the clock to prove his fitness for Friday’s game.”

Ned McHenry (AF $287k SC $191k MID) is available to return this week after a rib problem led to him being managed.

Adelaide Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders said: “Following a contusion to the rib cage, Ned was really not moving well at all (last week)… Ned is moving pretty well now and he’ll be available for selection this week.”

Tom Doedee (AF $529k SC $433k DEF) has been listed as a test. Saunders said: “Scans confirmed the defender sustained a high-grade contusion to the gluteals and were reassuring as to his hamstring health.”

Brad Crouch (AF $676k SC $445k MID) will miss two-to-three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Brisbane confirmed Daniel Rich (AF $547k SC $429k DEF) will miss a few games with a “minor hamstring strain”.

Essendon revealed Jayden Laverde (AF $404k SC $343k FWD) and Orazio Fantasia (AF $375k SC $302k FWD) will miss 6-8 weeks and 3-4 weeks with syndesmosis and calf issues respectively.

Dane Rampe (AF $453k SC $463k DEF) is a “chance to play” this round, according to Sydney coach John Longmire, despite a broken hand.

We’ve got a Wednesday game! Plus team news for Thursday’s Port-Melbourne game and Simon Goodwin, Ken Hinkley and John Worsfold will front the media.

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