R11 Rolling Injury Report: Walters to return, Gawn update, Zaharakis injured

Stay up to date throughout the round with our rolling injury report from the coaches post-game. With the fixtures coming thick, fast and ad-hoc, more than ever, these snippets of info will be key.

Gold Coast v Essendon
Suns coach Stuart Dew said Will Powell (AF $396k SC $291k MID) and Sam Collins (AF $477k SC $451k DEF) were fine despite heavy knocks.

Essendon lost David Zaharakis (AF $516k SC $345k MID/FWD*) late with a quad injury. Essendon coach John Worsfold said: “It looks like he’s got a quad strain. We’ll get the exact diagnosis in the next day or so but highly unlikely to be available for the next few weeks.”

Worsfold was asked about Jordan Ridley (AF $648k SC $512k DEF) who was a test with a ribs issue coming into the game. Worsfold said: “He’s pulled up really well. He’s a very fit young man, good runner. At this stage, my guess is he’ll be right to go.”

Adelaide v Collingwood
The Crows lost well-owned defender Tom Doedee (AF $529k SC $425k FWD) to a hamstring injury in the last quarter. Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said: “Fingers crossed they’re not bad. Tommy’s was a bit of tightness in the hamstring. We’ll hope for the best.”

Tom Lynch (AF $572k SC $384k FWD) went down with a hamstring in the second quarter but Nicks wasn’t sure how severe it was post-game.

Jordan Roughead (AF $332k SC $272k DEF) suffered a concussion and coach Nathan Buckley indicated he won’t play in Round 12 off a four-day break.

Scott Pendlebury (AF $749k SC $536k MID) is close to returning from a quad problem. Buckley said: “We don’t know if Pendles will get up, either this week or next.”

Fremantle v Hawthorn
Travis Colyer (AF $334k SC $302k FWD) injured his hamstring which Freo coach Justin Longmuir said was minor, but likely to rule him out for a few weeks.

Longmuir said Michael Walters (AF $727k SC $550k MID/FWD) “is due to come in and might be a decent replacement (for Colyer).”

The Freo coach said Connor Blakely (AF $576k SC $411k DEF) felt comfortable with a shoulder knock. Longmuir said: “We’ll have to wait and see how it pulls up. I just spoke to him in the rooms and he seemed pretty comfortable with it. We’ve got a short turnaround so it’s going to have to be OK.”

Isaac Smith (AF $618k SC $383k MID) injured his shoulder and tried to return but couldn’t play on. Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said: “(He was) not good enough to return. He was obviously in discomfort with that shoulder. We’ll get that assessed. I’m not certain what he’s done to that.”

Clarkson said Shaun Burgoyne (AF $397k SC $333k DEF/FWD*) could’ve played and would be in contention to play next round.

St Kilda v Geelong
Saints coach Brett Ratten liked the look of debutant Jack Bytel (AF $170k SC $123k MID) suggesting he may get a few more games. Ratten said: “I thought Bytel did a reasonable job first game. Eighteen possessions, 5 clearances, it was good introduction to AFL football… There’s some good growth in what they learned today.”

Cats coach Chris Scott was quizzed about Nakia Cockatoo (AF $255k SC $148k MID/FWD) who seems down the pecking order despite returning to fitness. Scott said: “He’s close in terms of his availability. He’s performed pretty well in our match practice… If he does play, he’d be jumping over quite a few guys who are doing a good job at the moment.”

Melbourne v North Melbourne
North had numerous issues including Aiden Bonar (AF $335k SC $230k MID/FWD) with an AC joint injury, while Majak Daw (AF $374k SC $332k DEF) copped a corked calf.

Recent good scorer Jed Anderson (AF $772k SC $523k MID) had an eye injury. Kangas coach Rhyce Shaw said: “Jed Anderson got a poke in the eye which was a pretty bad one. You’ve got tot be careful with those.”

Dees coach Simon Goodwin provided an update on Max Gawn (AF $920k SC $721k RUCK) who has been battling a number of minor issues. Goodwin said: “We’re hopeful for next week. He hasn’t done a lot since the game against Adelaide. We’ll see how he pulls up during the week. We’ll give him right up until game-time. We’re really hopeful.”

Goodwin updated on Jack Viney (AF $722k SC $522k MID) who missed the game with concussion. Goodwin said: “He had a really slight concussion post-game. He’s done some running, a light training session, we expect him to be fully fit ready to go.”

West Coast v Carlton
The Eagles got through unscathed but Carlton had some issues with ruckman Marc Pittonet (AF $468k SC $338 RUCK) spending the second quarter off with a finger problem.

Blues coach David Teague said: “He had a finger. I’m not sure what the long term is. He came back on. I don’t know whether that means he’ll be alright next week… But I haven’t heard anything.”

Jack Martin (AF $614k SC $476k MID/FWD) also missed most of the match after an early calf injury. Teague said: “If they said he couldn’t come back on, he’ll probably miss a couple.”

Brisbane Lions v Western Bulldogs
Charlie Cameron (AF $528k SC $432k FWD) went off late after hyper-extending his knee. Lions coach Chris Fagan said: “It’s like a bang on the ground more than any structural damage, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one.”

Daniel Rich (AF $547k SC $429k DEF) has accepted a one-game ban for rough conduct (dangerous tackle), having only just come back from injury.

Port Adelaide v Richmond
Connor Rozee (AF $451k SC $288k MID/FWD*) was a late withdrawal with a heel problem. Port coach Ken Hinkley: “Connor has had that heel issue for three or four weeks. Unfortunately tonight it didn’t warm up like it had in the last two or three weeks.

“We’d thought about not playing him for a couple of weeks but to his credit, he wants to keep playing, but we didn’t let him.”

Hinkley commented on Brad Ebert (AF $609k SC $421k FWD) who has missed the past two games with concussion. The Port coach said: “He hasn’t finished his testing, so he’s still got to (pass that).”

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick confirmed Trent Cotchin (AF $621k SC $475k MID) would be available next round to play Gold Coast on Monday 17 August after being managed following a hamstring injury.

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