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I really like Pittonet, especially if Kreuzer was to get an LTI.
Both games last year (75SC, 70SC) were with Ceglar sharing the ruck duties.

That being said, it sounds like Kreuz will probably play a pre-season game, or at least play very early in the season.

They want to get games into TDK eventually, but I think Pittonet is the clear #2 for the next few years and will get some decent runs as the #1 ruck. I'm still ready to pounce on him at R2 if Kreuz was to be ruled out for 5+ rounds and if Gawn missed all the pre-season matches. Two very big if's!
Shame this had to happen after Round 1 had started. Still pretty keen on Pittonet next week now that trades are pretty much 2 a week.
 
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If Xerri gets named, Xerri > Williams - I'd rather have a player potentially playing at some point this season, just not this round with Grundy's VC.
If Williams then gets named, then I'll forgo someone playing this year and go Williams > Jamieson.
 
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........David Swallow will miss the Suns' next match – whenever it is played – with his late elbow to the jaw of Westhoff deemed worthy of a one-game suspension by Christian........

........Hurley has escaped with a $2000 fine for his late strike on Fremantle youngster Sam Sturt in a spoiling contest, avoiding a suspension after the incident was graded as 'careless' and not 'intentional' by Match Review Officer Michael Christian.........

.........Pittard also walked away with a $2000 fine for tripping Dan Butler in what was a crude attempt at stopping the run of the St Kilda forward.......

..........Fremantle's Bailey Banfield was fined $2000 for striking Essendon defender Adam Saad.........

........Port Adelaide's Steven Motlop was handed a $1000 misconduct fine following an incident involving Gold Coast defender Sam Collins........

https://www.afl.com.au/news/389979/suns-skipper-cops-one-match-ban-four-players-hit-with-fines
 
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Key Lion tears PCL, set for up to 10 weeks in rehab
Scans reveal grade two damage to Stefan Martin's knee
By Riley Beveridge - 2 hrs ago

BRISBANE ruckman Stefan Martin will miss more than two months with a torn PCL.........Scans revealed Martin sustained grade two damage during the incident, which occurred in the third quarter, and will subsequently be in a brace for the next six weeks.......

............The Lions expect the 33-year-old to be in rehabilitation for the next eight-to-10 weeks as a result of the significant blow, putting him in doubt to return should football resume from its suspension at the earliest possible point in the first week of June........

........Brisbane has limited ruck options behind Martin and could be forced to rely heavily on youngsters Oscar McInerney and Archie Smith, should he not be fit upon the return of play.........
 
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Roo star sidelined for two months
Jack Ziebell suffers a high-grade medial strain but says the knee is feeling 'quite good'
By Riley Beveridge - 3 hrs ago

NORTH Melbourne skipper Jack Ziebell will miss up to two months with a knee injury, but could strangely still be in the mix for round two.......

.........."I just remember being on the ground with my leg out and someone falling across my leg. I straight away felt pain on the inside.
"I've never done one before, but I know a few blokes that have and just thought medial straightaway.

"I got a scan Monday and it revealed exactly what the doctors thought, which was a high-grade medial strain and probably miss six-to-eight weeks............Ziebell had already endured an injury-plagued summer, dealing with a calf setback that had initially threatened his chances of featuring in round one.
 
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Injury update: Who is racing the clock for round two?
MAY 11, 2020



It should be a fully fit list that resumes training when the Crows regather in coming weeks. Riley Knight's Achilles surgery in the pre-season was their only injury concern at the point when the season was suspended, and Knight has been working away from the club to be ready to play upon games restarting. The half-forward was considered likely to be available in the month following round one, so should be ready by the time of round two. Tyson Stengle, of course, will also be unavailable for four matches as part of his club-imposes sanction for drink driving. - Callum Twomey


Key defender Marcus Adams is headed for surgery after developing further soreness in his heel/foot while training during isolation. While the Lions planned to rest the injury, a meeting with his surgeon on Monday determined that surgery was the best outcome. He will miss a minimum of 4-6 weeks. Ruckman Stefan Martin, who injured his PCL in round one, is out of his brace and will ramp up his change of direction work with club fitness staff when players are recalled. Grant Birchall (hamstring) is expected to be fit for round two. - Mitch Cleary


The Blues will likely be without Charlie Curnow for the remainder of the 2020 season, after the promising forward re-injured his knee while completing his rehabilitation program in isolation. Veteran ruckman Matthew Kreuzer (foot) and first-round draft pick Brodie Kemp (knee) are also unlikely to return once football resumes due to long-term issues. The club expects Nic Newman (elbow) and Zac Fisher (ankle) to be around the mark when it gets back to training, having both been injured in its round one loss to Richmond. Eddie Betts (calf), Caleb Marchbank (knee) and Harry McKay (groin) were all on the cusp of a return when the game went into shutdown and should be fit. - Riley Beveridge


The big concern for the Pies lingers around Adam Treloar. The club hosed down speculation last month suggesting he had re-injured his troublesome hamstring, reiterating he was on track in his recovery. That should enable him to return once the season resumes, having initially missed its season-opener against the Western Bulldogs. Travis Varcoe (shoulder), Ben Reid (ankle) and Matt Scharenberg (hip) should be fit to start training on day one, but Levi Greenwood (knee) and Tom Langdon (knee) appear more long-term prospects. - Riley Beveridge


The Bombers are hopeful that when games resume Joe Daniher will be ready to play as he recovers from his long-term groin injury. That remains to be seen, plus whether he will have the match conditioning to be ready to step into senior footy. Veteran defender Cale Hooker (hip) will be ready to play, as should Patrick Ambrose, who suffered a knee injury in the pre-season that was set to sideline him for about three months. The big question is on Dyson Heppell. The skipper has had a slower than hoped return from off-season foot surgery, and said in mid-April he didn't expect to be ready to play for at least two months. - Callum Twomey


The Dockers' biggest concern would be Alex Pearce's setback while in isolation. The star defender underwent his third bout of ankle surgery last week and there's no timeframe on when he can return to training. The game's shutdown has been a boost for recruit Blake Acres as he recovers from a hamstring injury and defender Joel Hamling after ankle surgery. Veteran David Mundy will be good to go after breaking his leg in the pre-season and defender Nathan Wilson has recovered from his toe injury. Star forward Jesse Hogan is expected back at the club once training recommences after taking leave to deal with his mental health. - Chris Correia


Defender Jake Kolodjashnij (hip) and untried forward Nathan Kreuger (knee) will be up for selection in round two after surgeries that kept them out of round one contention. The Cats will be overly cautious on Nakia Cockatoo after another pre-season hamstring mishap and be guided by physios when training returns. Jack Steven will also be ready after missing the season opener with hamstring soreness. There is growing optimism the extended length of the season could mean Stefan Okunbor (torn Achilles) might play some football in 2020. - Mitch Cleary


Pearce Hanley (calf), Jarrod Harbrow (groin), Alex Sexton (hamstring), Jack Hombsch (rib) and Izak Rankine (hamstring) all missed round one with minor complaints so should be up and going by the season's restart. Rory Thompson was also edging close to a return from his knee reconstruction, while Charlie Ballard (shoulder), Wil Powell (knee) and Anthony Miles (chest) were all due to be sidelined until about mid-year. The Suns will also resume the season without skipper David Swallow, who was suspended for one game for striking in round one. - Callum Twomey


The long break's silver lining for the Giants is that last year's best and fairest winner Tim Taranto will not miss nearly as much of the season as he was due to with his shoulder surgery. The midfielder was due to be ready for a return around mid-season after his pre-season operation. Former co-captain Callan Ward will also be keen to resume, with the ball-winner coming back from his early-season knee reconstruction in 2019. Defenders Zac Williams (Achilles) and Adam Kennedy (hamstring) will be available after their minor issues, while Matt Flynn (knee), Tommy Sheridan (calf), Xavier O'Halloran (ankle) and Zac Sproule (knee) will also have benefited from the time off to overcome their injury concerns. - Callum Twomey
 
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All eyes are on Blake Hardwick, who is roughly six weeks from being game ready after rupturing a pectoral muscle in the pre-season. Hardwick should be available for round two but the Hawks are treading carefully with Jarman Impey's ACL recovery. Him being away from the club tempered expectations and he is now tipped to be fit in about August. They will both take part in skills training once the AFL gives the green light. Dan Howe (foot) is between six to eight weeks away, while Mathew Walker (hip) will miss three more weeks and Will Golds (knee) is out for the year. There is better news for Mitch Lewis (ankle), Paul Puopolo (jaw), Jacob Koschitzke (AC joint) and Josh Morris (knee), who are all fit. – Marc McGowan


The Demons should have a pretty fit list when the season likely resumes in mid-to-late June. Nathan Jones (Achilles), Christian Salem (glandular fever), Braydon Preuss (knee), Joel Smith (quadriceps), Mitch Hannan (groin), Harry Petty (groin), Kade Chandler (finger) and even Harley Bennell (calf) are set to be available. Bennell's agent Colin Young told SEN radio his client could play as early as round two and he is no longer on Melbourne's injury list. Aaron vandenBerg (foot) is still another month away but would be ready for round two if he doesn't have a setback. Aaron Nietschke (knee) is out for the season after a second ACL rupture, while Kade Kolodjashnij (concussion) also remains on the sidelines.Marc McGowan


Captain Jack Ziebell has declared himself ready to go despite sustaining a high-grade medial ligament strain in the Roos' season opener. Paul Ahern (hamstring) could also be available, while Ed Vickers-Willis is nearing a return from his ACL setback and Josh Walker (concussion) is fine. Kayne Turner (sesamoid fracture under left big toe) was originally out until at least late June and remains without an official timetable. Luke Davies-Uniacke (groin), Kyron Hayden (Achilles) and Flynn Perez are in the same boat. There's no update on Ben Jacobs (concussion), either. The only fresh injury is to Charlie Comben's back and his return date is to be confirmed, while Marley Williams still has one match to serve on his suspension. - Marc McGowan


The Power went into the year with questions lingering over the fitness of star midfielder Ollie Wines, who was battling a shoulder injury. Initially expected to miss the first six weeks of the season, there are now high hopes the former co-captain will be fit to restart training on time when competition returns. Hamish Hartlett (quad) was expected to miss a month after picking up an injury in round one, while Brad Ebert (knee) was likely to miss six weeks. Both should be OK to resume training on time. As should Riley Bonner (quad), who was a late withdrawal prior to that victory over the Suns. Charlie Dixon (adductor) and Jack Watts (calf) are also on track in their recoveries. - Riley Beveridge


The Tigers enjoyed a charmed run with injury last summer and have continued to keep a clean bill of health throughout the suspension period. Bachar Houli was the only player to go into isolation with a significant injury issue, having hurt his calf on the eve of the season. However, having returned to full training before round one, the defender should be fit to resume when teams return to action. Nick Vlastuin should also be OK, despite dealing with concussion symptoms prior to competition being suspended. - Riley Beveridge


Ben Long will arrive back from Darwin this week after an extended rehabilitation on the ankle injury he sustained in round one. Like Jade Gresham (knee), he'll be ready to resume in June. Jake Carlisle was left out of round one due to a back spasm but has recovered well. The only other concern is Achilles soreness for fringe defender Darragh Joyce that is likely to keep him sidelined when training returns. - Mitch Cleary


Lance Franklin (knee) has completed all of his training in the lockdown period and will be fit for round two after missing the season opener. Lewis Melican's also recovered from a practice game hamstring setback, which kept him out for a month, including round one. Sam Reid underwent a knee arthroscope post round one to have some meniscus cleaned up and was off his legs for about four weeks before restarting his program. Should take part in skills training from next week, and the timing of round two will determine his availability. Ben Ronke, who suffered some knee bruising after a hyperextension in round one, is looking to resume running within a fortnight. Joel Amartey suffered a hamstring recurrence shortly after the competition shutdown while training by himself and is up to six weeks from a playing return. - Marc McGowan


Coach Adam Simpson conceded a handful of players had gone too far early in self-isolation, causing soft tissue setbacks. While they'll have time to recover, the Eagles will need to examine Jarrod Cameron's recovery from pubic bone stress when he returns to the club in the hope he could play in July or August. Luke Foley is battling a similar injury, while Tom Cole (broken thumb) will be fit to return. - Mitch Cleary



Most of the injury concerns for the Bulldogs have had time to heal over the past six weeks. Lin Jong (hamstring), Taylor Duryea (groin), Tom Liberatore (knee) and Pat Lipinski (concussion) all missed round one but should be ready to return when the season continues. Rhylee West (knee) should be a little longer as he recovers from the medial ligament he suffered in mid-March, while Riley Garcia (knee) will be given as much time as he needs to rehabilitate his ACL. - Jourdan Canil
 
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