Preuss return likely, Taranto ruled out, Whitfield set for fitness test, Dawson ear worry, Fyfe closes in

Tim Taranto has been ruled out for Round 11 but Braydon Preuss is set to return from illness an Lachie Whitfield will face a Thursday fitness test plus there were updates on Nat Fyfe and Jordan Dawson.

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The GWS Giants provided an update on Lachie Whitfield (AF $741k SC $423k D/M) who missed last week with an ankle injury.

GWS said in their injury update: “Will undergo a fitness test ahead of Saturday’s clash with Brisbane. Whitfield will be put through his paces at main training on Thursday to assess his availability.”

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Braydon Preuss (AF $683k SC $457k RUCK) looks set to return after illness. The update said: “Lachie Ash, Braydon Preuss and Nick Haynes missed last week’s match with illness but are expected to be available.”

But Tim Taranto (AF $784k SC $465k M/F) will miss again, with the update stating: “Tim Taranto remains out for another week with a back injury.”

Jordan Dawson (AF $829k SC $558k D/M) may be worth monitoring this week after having a burst eardrum. Adelaide teammate Brodie Smith assured: “He will be fine. He copped that whack … and is just a bit sore and blocked up.”

Eagles back-up ruck Luka Strnadica (AF $248k SC $102k RUCK) won’t be playing his third game anytime soon. West Coasts Head of Health Mark Finucane: “Had a tight calf in the WAFL game on the weekend… There’s been some good signs on the imaging that it won’t be too severe, but he’ll miss one or two.”

Nat Fyfe (AF $709k SC $546k MID) is close to returning after back surgery. Freo Executive GM of Football Peter Bell said: “We’re hoping to get Nat back in the next week or two, he’s been training really well and we’re looking forward to building his football. He might be available as soon as next week.”

Gold Coast confirmed Rory Thompson (AF $207k SC $141k DEF) had avoided an ACL injury but will miss games due to meniscus damage. Suns Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull said: “Rory has injured his medial meniscus. He’ll liaise with a specialist later this week and we’ll go from there with our course of action for Rory.”

Josh Rachele (AF $413k SC $232k M/F) is still in doubt for this week. Adelaide HP Manager Darren Burgess said: “Josh sustained a reasonable quad cork and he’ll be managed this week and we’ll see how he goes. We’ll give him every chance to come up for the weekend.”

St Kilda revealed Jack Steele (AF $892k SC $590k MID) has commenced his recovery from an AC joint injury and is listed as 5-7 weeks on the club’s injury report.

Hawthorn confirmed that Josh Ward (AF $411k SC $248k MID) will miss another game due to concussion.

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