Sidelines lengths confirmed for Neale, Dusty & Dunkley, Highmore sniff

The diagnoses for well-owned trio Lachie Neale, Dustin Martin and Josh Dunkley was confirmed on Monday, while there were updates on Braeden Campbell and Logan McDonald returning to the Swans’ 22.

UPDATES

The diagnosis on Lachie Neale (AF $747k SC $580k MID) was confirmed with the Brisbane Lions revealing he has suffered an ankle syndesmosis.

The Lions update said he was expected to “miss up to eight weeks with the injury”.

Speaking on AFL 360, Lions coach Chris Fagan added: “Six to eight. He had surgery this afternoon. Knowing Lachie he’ll be trying to get back in six.”

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Sydney coach John Longmire spoke to the media, discussing the chances of rookie Braeden Campbell (AF $379k SC $235k M/F) returning to the starting 22 after being the medical sub.

Longmire said: “We’ll see how this week pans out, which other players are available, see how Braeden pulls up. That’ll be taken into consideration this week.”

The Swans coach also revealed Sam Reid (AF $481k SC $422k FWD) would miss a “couple of weeks” with a sore calf, opening up a potential return for Logan McDonald (AF $318k SC $251k FWD).

Longmire said: “We’ve got to pick out what’s best for the team, and what’s best for Logan. It’s a combination of both.”

The Dogs put out their injury update, with confirmation that Josh Dunkley (AF $823k SC $620k M/F) will undergo shoulder surgery and miss 3-4 months.

There was good news for Tim English (AF $595k SC $499k R/F*) who has escaped jaw damage.

Dogs Head of Medical Services Chris Bell said: “I’m pleased to say that his jaw is OK but Tim did suffer a concussion as part of the same incident. Tim will miss this week but we hope to see him back soon after.”

Richmond put out their injury list confirming the absence of Dustin Martin (AF $637k SC $482k FWD) due to concussion.

Tigers Physical Performance Manager Peter Burge said: “Under the AFL protocols we had to rule him out of the game so he now goes through the 12-day concussion protocol, & hopefully, we see him back for the Geelong game.”

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Kane Lambert (AF $617k SC $447k FWD) was another to get injured on the weekend with a hamstring issue.

Burge said: “It is a reasonably significant injury. On our scale, it is a medium-term issue so he is going to be missing a couple of weeks.”

His impact may impact someone like Riley Collier-Dawkins (AF $170k SC $123k MID) or Will Martyn (AF $171k SC $123k MID).

Hugo Ralphsmith (AF $170k SC $123k M/F) was another youngster closing in on a game but he rolled his ankle in the VFL on the weekend and was rated as “questionable” for next weekend.

Essendon coach Ben Rutten provided an update on Aaron Francis (AF $377k SC $341k DEF) after he injured his ankle in Round 6.

Rutten told AFL 360: “It’s nothing more than a severe ankle sprain, nothing more than that. Hopeful to get him up this week.”

St Kilda’s Daniel McKenzie (AF $364k SC $298k DEF) was offered a one-game ban for rough conduct against Ollie Wines, which again may open the door for Tom Highmore (AF $240k SC $117k DEF).

TOMORROW

Gold Coast Football GM Jon Haines will speak to the media, while we’ll get more club’s weekly injury reports.

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