Neale and Petracca clarify injury talk, Darcy set to return, Serong set to miss again, Eagles rookie closes in

Lachie Neale and Christian Petracca clarified injury speculation while Sean Darcy appears set to return and Caleb Serong set to miss and there were some updates on some looming rookies.



Lachie Neale (AF $871k SC $597k MID) clarified any concerns about the ankle injury he sustained during the weekend’s win over North Melbourne yet played through.

Neale told AFL 360: “I’m all good. I tripped over nothing and rolled my ankle, just a tweak. Two minutes later my left ankle got trapped under me. But they’re completely fine. I trained today. I was just a bit proppy. I’ll be fine for Friday night.”

Similarly Christian Petracca (AF $977k SC $620k MID) was asked about the strapping on his knee which sparked talk of an injury over the weekend.

Petracca told AFL 360: “I’m all good. It’s one of those ones, I did my ACL in my first year. Every now and then, on a six-day break, it swells up so precautionary stuff but I’m fine.”

Sean Darcy (AF $750k SC $642k RUC) looks set to return in Round 4 from an ankle injury according to Fremantle Executive Manager of Football Peter Bell.

Bell said: “Sean has made tremendous progress and he was very close to being available for the RAC Derby. We are expecting him to fully train tomorrow and, he will be available for selection against the Giants.”

Caleb Serong (AF $659k SC $451k MID) seems likely to miss Round 4 with knee soreness but Freo haven’t given up on him.

Bell said: “Caleb is also going well, he has just got some knee soreness which has responded really well over the past few days. We will see what he is available for tomorrow at training, and that will obviously dictate his availability (for Saturday’s game).”

Sydney offered another update on Justin McInerney (AF $565k SC $411k D/M). Swans head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services Damian Raper said: “Justin McInerney has been going really well following his knee sprain. He was close to playing on the weekend but unfortunately just missed out. He will be a test for this weekend and we expect him to be available for selection.”

Greg Clark (AF $190k SC $117k MID) is a bargain rookie to have on your radar in the coming weeks having been out with a shoulder injury. West Coast Head of Health Mark Finucane said: “Jamie (Cripps) & Greg are progressing through their football contact and conditioning nicely and we’re looking at seeing them in the next two-to-three weeks.”

Dogs rookie Robbie McComb (AF $190k SC $102k MID), who has been emergency a few times this season, injured his ribs in the VFL. Dogs Head of Medicine Chris Bell said: “We will be conservative to make sure that he returns to 100% before he returns to playing – we will confirm his availability over the next few days.”

North updated that Tarryn Thomas (AF $621k SC $459k M/F) is “probably another four or five weeks away from playing”.

Collingwood accepted the one-game ban for Jordan De Goey (AF $737k SC $468k M/F) for a dangerous tackle.

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