Sidebottom cleared of injury, Bergman & Jones updates, Lewis & Cunnington banned
Collingwood provided an interesting injury update on Taylor Adams, Jeremy De Goey and Steele Sidebottom, while there were updates on Zak Butters, Miles Bergman, Isaac Heeney and Steven May.
The AFL Match Review Officer (MRO) made some significant announcements late in the day, with Mitch Lewis (AF $462k SC $199k FWD) offered a one-game ban for striking Caleb Serong.
Lewis is relevant as his unavailability may open the door for Jacob Koschitzke (AF $231k SC $141k DEF) to return.
North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington (AF $507k SC $439k MID) was also offered a one-game ban by the MRO for rough conduct with a late bump on Rory Laird. If he’s out, it may aid North’s rookies’ roles.
The Dogs also confirmed that they had accepted the one-game suspension offered to Caleb Daniel (AF $645k SC $467k DEF) for rough conduct with his tackle against Brisbane.
Port Adelaide assistant coach Brett Montgomery had a busy press conference, offering an update on the job security of Lachlan Jones (AF $261k SC $139k DEF).
Montgomery said: “We were thrilled (with his debut). The way he goes about his footy and attacks the game suited the occasion. It was some grunt we needed… He was up for it.”
Xavier Duursma (AF $568k SC $390k MID) and Zak Butters (AF $616k SC $501k FWD) have already been ruled out with injuries although Montgomery wouldn’t be drawn on a timeline.
He said: “Both Xavier and Zak will have surgery in the next 24 hours. I can’t give a timeline on returns until we hear from the surgeons.”
Montgomery offered reassurances on Orazio Fantasia (AF $458k SC $289k D/F) and Connor Rozee (AF $477k SC $377k FWD).
He said: “We expect Marshall (ankle), Fantasia (foot), Clurey and Rozee (corkies) to be right for Carlton. It was a brutal game.”
With Duursma and Butters out, he was asked about their potential replacements with lots of AFL Fantasy and SuperCoaches wanting to see Miles Bergman (AF $227k SC $123k FWD) back.
Montgomery said: “Kane Farrell has had a reasonable crack at AFL footy, he’d be in the frame. Sam Mayes has been incredibly unlucky. We were keen to get Miles Bergman in the senior team and he hasn’t disappointed either. Maybe Marty Frederick.”
Collingwood put out their injury report and clarified Jordan De Goey (AF $550k SC $398k FWD) and Steele Sidebottom (AF $758k SC $531k M/F) would both be fine for Friday’s game after reports of issues.
Pies High Performance Manager Kevin White said: “Fell on his shoulder during the fourth quarter on Saturday night, scans have cleared De Goey of any damage to the AC joint.”
White added on Sidebottom: “Received a knock to his thumb that has previously been fractured. No damage through scans and will be right to go for West Coast on Friday night.”
Taylor Adams (AF $752k SC $506k MID), however, will miss 10 weeks. White said: “He has a high level MCL scan that’ll keep him out of action around that 10-week timeline. He’ll meet with the surgeon today.”
Melbourne offered an update on Steven May‘s (AF $556k SC $443k DEF) eye injury after being taken to hospital during Sunday’s game against Geelong.
The update said: “Set to miss two to four weeks… Scans confirmed that the accidental elbow, which sent May straight to hospital, resulted in a fractured right eye socket, as well as a second concussion in five weeks.”
Sydney provided an update on the timeline for Isaac Heeney‘s (AF $565k SC $448k FWD) hand injury. The update said: “The Swans are hopeful that Heeney will return in two to three weeks.”
The Swans also revealed Dane Rampe (AF $479k SC $435k DEF) had undergone finger surgery and will miss “three or four weeks”.
Coaches Damien Hardwick, Nathan Buckley, John Longmire and Leon Cameron will all speak to the media.