Josh Kelly test, Marshall ruled out, Neale injury scare & Whitfield likely

Rowan Marshall is the latest player to be ruled out, Lachie Neale had an injury scare, Josh Kelly looks set to face a fitness test and Lachie Whitfield seems likely to play amid a busy day.



St Kilda big man Rowan Marshall (AF $584k SC $464k F/R) is the latest player to be ruled out due to being at an exposure site.

The Saints update said: “Set to miss Round 19 against West Coast following the discovery on Monday that he attended a Tier 1 exposure site last week.

“While checking the Victorian Government exposure list, Marshall discovered the recently added site and immediately alerted club officials and self-isolated. Before heading home from the International Rugby Match at AAMI Park, Marshall and fellow teammate Darragh Joyce attended the Precinct Bar and Restaurant for approximately 45 minutes.”

Lachie Neale (AF $737k SC $575k MID) had an injury scare at Brisbane training after hurting his shoulder but the club clarified the situation.

Lions High Performance Manager Damien Austin said: “Lachie fell on his shoulder and got a bit of a stinger. He’s completely fine and he’s going to be alright to play this weekend.”

Josh Kelly (AF $793k M/F SC $556k MID) looks set to take his place in Round 19 although he’ll need to pass a fitness test with his ankle issue.

“Josh wasn’t able to play out the game on Sunday but he actually pulled up pretty well on Monday morning,” GWS Head of Medical Cullan Ball said. “Scans have cleared him of any major damage. He’ll undergo a fitness test later in the week but at this point we’d expect him to be fit to play this Sunday.”

GWS Football GM Jason McCartney told SEN Breakfast in the morning: “He had scans yesterday, he’s likely to be available for this week… that’s a real positive that there was no serious damage.”

Lachie Whitfield (AF $721k D/M SC $492k DEF) appears set to return from concussion in Round 19 for the Giants.

Ball said: “Lachie’s progressing really well…He hasn’t had any setbacks and if he continues in this manner he’ll be cleared to take on the Bombers.”

GWS declared Matt Flynn‘s (AF $446k SC $400k RUCK) season is basically over as he requires surgery on his shoulder back in Sydney.

Ball said: “He’ll head back to Sydney to see the surgeon and at this stage, we expect him to undergo a shoulder reconstruction later this week.”

Geelong declared Gary Rohan (AF $476k SC $394k FWD) will be available after injury which may impact the role of Patrick Dangerfield (AF $705k SC $594 MID/FWD).

There are some looming implications for Lachie Bramble (AF $362k M/F SC $291k MID), with Hawthorn confirming: “Jack Scrimshaw and Blake Hardwick will be available for Round 19”.

Patrick Cripps (AF $582k SC $424k MID) is in the mix after missing last round with soreness.

Carlton High Performance Director Andrew Russell said: “Patrick had a couple of areas that were sore last week, they’ve settled down pretty well. He’ll train on Thursday and he’s a test to play: we think he’s a pretty good chance to play this week.”

Brandon Ellis (AF $661k SC $461k MID) was ruled out with his hamstring injury. Gold Coast Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull said: “Brandon’s got a low-grade hamstring strain to his left hamstring, and he’ll be in rehab for 2-3 weeks with that.”

Callum Mills (AF $799k SC $572k D/M*) is one of those players in isolation so he’ll miss Round 19 and Sydney coach John Longmire was asked about whether he’d be in condition in play Round 20.

Longmire said: “They’re going OK. It’s far from ideal… We’re still confident when they get out they’ll have enough preparation for that next game. But we won’t put them at risk.”


Coaches Simon Goodwin and Robert Harvey will both speak to the media.

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