Neale cleared of suspension, Dockers rookie dilemma, Cockatoo season over
It was a very quiet day on the news front ahead of a normal AFL round, with Lachie Neale avoiding suspension while Fremantle put out their injury update which may put a popular rookie in jeopardy.
Lachie Neale (AF $808k SC $599k MID) has been cleared to play in Round 18 despite some speculation he may be suspended.
Neale threw Sydney’s Nick Blakey to the ground in a late tackle which could’ve been deemed as Rough Conduct.
However, Neale wasn’t even cited for a fine in Monday’s AFL Match Review Officer report and is free to play Carlton in Round 18.
Reece Conca (AF $494k SC $358k MID), the player who Tobe Watson (AF $298k SC $207k DEF) replaced, could return in Round 18 for Fremantle.
Freo General Manager of Football Peter Bell said: “Reece had some awareness in that left hamstring, which is the one that he injured earlier in the year.
“We took a really conservative option and he was unavailable against North Melbourne (in Round 17). The scans came back all clear and early reports from Reece are that he should be available this week.”
Watson is owned by 8% of AFL Fantasy and SuperCoach coaches and may be used as cover for the injured Sam Docherty in Round 18 for those out of trades.
Midfielder Brett Bewley (AF $469k SC $336k FWD) is also in the mix to return from a groin issue. Bell said: “He had still minor awareness late last week, but we are hopeful that he will get a full week of training and be available for selection.”
The Western Bulldogs confirmed terrible news for Toby McLean (AF $475k SC $346k FWD) who has done his ACL.
Dogs medical services manager Chris Bell: “Scans have today confirmed Toby has sustained an ACL injury. Toby will return to Melbourne today.”
Geelong also confirmed Nakia Cockatoo’s (AF $255k SC $148k MID/FWD) hopes of playing an AFL game in 2020 are officially over too.
Cats Football General Manager Simon Lloyd said: “Nakia will have surgery later this week in Melbourne and begin a rehab program immediately as he looks towards 2021.”
Rhyce Shaw and Brady Rawlings will front the press, while we’ll likely get a long list of injury updates from clubs too.
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