Nic Martin ‘hasn’t missed a beat’, De Koning set to return, Thomas to miss 4-8 weeks, Laird & Cerra cleared

Nic Martin and Sam De Koning have been cleared to return in Round 3 along with Adam Cerra, Dylan Shiel and Rory Laird but there was less positive news for Tarryn Thomas and Sean Darcy.

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Nic Martin (AF $266k SC $102k FWD) looks set for a swift return for Essendon in Round 3 having not “missed a beat”.

Dons Head of High Performance Sean Murphy said: “It was unfortunate for him to miss Round 2 (due to health and safety protocols). He kept himself ticking along… He hasn’t missed a beat, he’ll come back to training in our main session on Wednesday and put his name up for selection on Friday.”

Dylan Shiel (AF $773k SC $361k MID) also missed their Round 2 game with a side strain. Murphy added: “Hopefully Shiel can get through training tomorrow, and we’ll see what his availability is for Friday night.” Shiel’s return may impact Jye Caldwell’s (AF 539k SC 266k MID) role.

In more welcome news, Geelong said that Sam De Koning (AF $190k SC $123k D/F) will be available for selection after completing the AFL’s concussion protocols.

North Melbourne confirmed that Tarryn Thomas (AF $621k SC $459k M/F) will miss the next 4-8 weeks after sustaining internal bruising.

Rory Laird (AF $937k SC $632k MID) has been cleared to return from a hand injury by Adelaide. Laird sustained he injury earlier this month and was expected to be out for six weeks.

Carlton coach Michael Voss also confirmed Adam Cerra (AF $749k SC $490k MID) is available. Voss said: “We think (Cerra) will be fine. We’ve already got the clearance in that regard. He’s been largely unaffected.”

Sean Darcy (AF $750k SC $642k RUC) is looking unlikely but Freo haven’t ruled him out. Dockers Executive GM of Football Peter Bell said: “Sean turned his ankle pretty sharply. We’ll see how the swelling progresses in the coming days, but there is a possibility that he will be available this week.”

Keidean Coleman (AF $343k SC $262k D/F) is on the comeback trail for Brisbane after his pre-eason hamstring injury. Lions coach Chris Fagan said: “When he first got injured we said it was going to be 8-10 weeks… He’s probably ahead of schedule. He’s running really well. He’s starting to do some skill work. We won’t rush him.”

Fagan also discussed the tagging role played by popular SC pick Jarrod Berry (AF $707k SC $268k MID). He said: “It’s good to have a player like Jarrod Berry that can switch from an offensive, ball-hunting midfielder to playing more of a tagging, run-with role… Will we do that every week? I’m not sure.”

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