English’s untimely concussion, good news for Butters, Jackson to lead Dees ruck and Dusty & Danger to return

The carnage continued on Monday with Tim English ruled out with delayed onset concussion, while there was some possible good news for Zak Butters and Luke Jackson looms as a ruck solution.

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Tim English (AF $884k SC $605k F/R) will miss the Western Bulldogs’ Round 15 game with Hawthorn on Friday after being diagnosed with delayed onset concussion. Given the 12-day mandatory concussion protocols period, English may miss the Dogs’ Round 16 game with Brisbane too, which is scheduled for Thursday 1 July.

Dogs Head of Sports Medicine Chris Bell said on Monday: “Tim was involved in some heavy impact incidents throughout the game. He was fine during the game, but developed a headache afterwards. Yesterday, Tim developed some signs and symptoms that are consistent with a delayed concussion.

“He will now enter our concussion protocols, and won’t play this weekend. Always wanting to be conservative in this space, Tim will work with our doctor over the next couple of days to determine his return-to-play plan.”

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Zak Butters (AF $614k SC $471k M/F) may have dodged a bullet with fears of an MCL injury which would sideline him for six weeks.

Butters told SEN SA: “It’s just a grade two medial, pretty much the same as I did on the other leg last year. I missed one week with it last year. Hopefully if I get a similar result, I’ll be pretty happy.”

The Power have since added: “Scans have confirmed Port Adelaide midfielder Zak Butters has sprained the medial ligament in his left knee. The 21-year-old will not face Gold Coast on Sunday and a timeline for his return to the field will become clearer as the week progresses.”

Port’s ruck situation remains uncertain with youngster Dante Visentini (AF $190k SC $117k F/R) among the options. Power assistant coach Nathan Bassett said: “Dante, we’ve liked what we have seen. He is good fun to watch. He plays tough. He is a really good young learner.”

Sam Hayes (AF $408k SC $308k RUC) hasn’t been ruled out either. Bassett said: “Sam Hayes is in that equation too… It’s a combination of what the ruckman can do with his hit-outs and what the (midfielders) can do on the ground… and how the ruckman can support that.”

There was some positive news about the suspended Braydon Preuss (AF $657k SC $444k RUCK) who has been cleared of major injury after his ankle scare. The Giants said: “Will miss this week due to suspension but has been cleared of any serious damage to his ankle. The ruckman was subbed out of the match in the second quarter but is expected to be available for selection in round 16 against the Hawks.  

James Peatling (AF $498k SC $361k DEF) will miss 2-3 games due to a hamstring strain, while late out Matt Flynn (AF $559k SC $455k RUC) will also miss 2-3 games with his quad injury, which may help Preuss. Debutant Ryan Angwin (AF $190k SC $123k D/M) sustained a fractured tibia and will miss eight weeks.

Amid the ruckline carnage, Brodie Grundy (AF $802k SC $544k RUC) is homing in on a Round 18 return from his PCL injury. The Pies said in an update: “Has begun a straight line running program and continues to develop his strength in the gym after a PCL injury. A return to play is on the cards for Round 18.”

A potential ruck solution is Luke Jackson (AF $537k SC $381k F/R) who Demons coach Simon Goodwin said would get number one billing with Max Gawn out injured. Goodwin said: “It’s an enormous opportunity for Luke to really step up. We’ve seen what he’s capable of but to have that mantle as number one ruckman will be important.”

He also confirmed Majak Daw (AF $334k SC $176k D/R) is unavailable as a ruck option for another four weeks due to partial pectoral tear.

Collingwood also confirmed young key defender Charlie Dean (AF $190k SC $102k DEF) will return from a foot injury and play in the VFL this weekend.

Patrick Dangerfield (AF $619k SC $435k MID) appears certain to return in Round 15 from a calf issue. Geelong’s Head of Med and Conditioning Harry Taylor said: “He has completed a number of high intensity sessions and will look to be available for this weekend.”

Dustin Martin (AF $634k SC $466k M/F) is also set to return from illness. Richmond Physical Performance Manager Peter Burge said: “He feels a lot better and he’s back training with us…It will be great to have him back this week and available for selection.”

James Blanck (AF $190k SC $102k DEF) looms as a possible debutant for Hawthorn. Hawks coach Sam Mitchell said: “Blancky has played some good footy at Box Hill across the course of the year. We took him away to Perth with us just to be part of the group. He is fitting in really well. It’s not out of the question.”

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