Rowell and Bowes return, Dangerfield a chance, Grundy back post-bye
Gold Coast are set for a big boost with Matt Rowell and Jack Bowes likely to return, while Geelong are set to get a sea of players back including Mitch Duncan, Cam Guthrie and potentially Patrick Dangerfield.
Suns young star Matt Rowell (AF $536k SC $495k MID) is likely to return this weekend after injuring his knee in round one this year.
Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull: “He’ll train on Wednesday and be available for selection on the weekend which is really good news for Matt.”
Another boost for the Suns is that Jack Bowes (AF $659k SC $466k DEF) could also return after beginning the year in career-best form. Prior to his injury, Bowes was in the top 5 scoring defenders in the competition.
Lindsay Bull continued on saying: “He probably would have been available last week when the bye was on so he’s been training with the group as well and he’ll train on Wednesday too.”
The Cats are set to be boosted with a number of inclusions for their big clash with Port Adelaide.
Mitch Duncan (AF 845k SC $581k MID) is likely to be back after following AFL concussion protocols whilst Cam Guthrie (AF $840k SC $609k MID) is also in contention after recovering from a shoulder complaint.
The big news however cam from Geelong captain Joel Selwood regarding Patrick Dangerfield (AF $748k SC $611k M/F).
Selwood explained: “He’s given himself a chance. Whether he plays this week or next week it’s up to himself & Chris (Scott) to work through. He’s got himself in condition that he’s definitely thereabouts.”
Mark O’Connor (AF $496k SC $412k D/M) is also a chance to return from a hamstring injury which could mean problems for coaches as he looks to a return to a tagging role in which he mastered earlier this season.
Collingwood have put to bed any thought of an early return for Brodie Grundy (AF $798k SC $627k RUCK). Collingwood HP Manager Kevin White said: “The signs have really alleviated… Progressing well in non-contact football training. Aiming to be in full football program after the bye round.”
Sam Berry (AF $319k SC $240k MID) looks right to return after his concussion against the Tigers in round 11.
The Crows’ injury report said: (Berry) has progressed through each stage of the concussion protocol and is expected to be available for selection this weekend.
This may impact the selection of Ronin O’Connor (AF $198k SC $1223k MID) who was quiet last weekend.
Adelaide also flagged that captain Taylor Walker (AF $520k SC $421k FWD) would have scans on a knee issue. The report explained: “He has been cleared of significant structural damage to his knee but will have scans to determine the most appropriate course of management.”
Ed Langdon (AF $679k SC $481k MID) will return for the Demons following his break with a concussion. This could have a positive impact on the role of James Jordon (AF $546k SC $367k MID).
Finally, the Hawks have updated their injury list going into round 13 and have not included popular ruck, Ned Reeves (AF $245k SC $123k RUCK) despite shoulder soreness against Gold Coast prior to the bye.
Fremantle offered an update on Nat Fyfe (AF $659k SC $538k M/F*), who will miss Round 13 with his shoulder injury.
“Nat will miss this week and then obviously there’s a bye next week,” executive general manager of football Bell said.
“We’ll assess over the next couple of weeks what kind of strength he retains and what his shoulder function is before we make a decision on whether he’ll be right to continue playing. “If he doesn’t recover strength and function, there is the possibility that he’ll have to have surgery. Those decisions will be made over the next couple of weeks.”
Ruckman Sean Darcy (AF $681k SC $544k R/F*) has been listed as a test after his hamstring issue.
“Sean had an incident against Port Adelaide last week, which we were a little concerned with and we took him from the field late in that match. He got through the week leading into the game against the Bulldogs, and then early in the last quarter, he just had some awareness as well,” Bell said.
“We treated that really conservatively. The good news is the scan has been really positive. We’re not out of the woods completely.”
Tomorrow we will have updated injury lists across the league as well as press conferences from other coaches including Chris Scott, Stuart Dew and Ken Hinkley.