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Yeah I suspect this is probably the case but there is a possibility that ZClarke gets the nod - just will have no idea til teams on Thurs
Hard not to have SMACK in after his form (until he got injured)... The difference within is ZClarke's slightly better in the ruck, but slightly worse up forward?!
 

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With no Tom Boyd I gathered they trialed Naughton forward in JLT, now Dale Morris is injured I would assume Naughton goes back but does this mean Dunkley plays as a marking forward again?
tom boyd played ruck last year, naughton played defence, dunkley played inside mid. what has changed?
 

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With no Tom Boyd I gathered they trialed Naughton forward in JLT, now Dale Morris is injured I would assume Naughton goes back but does this mean Dunkley plays as a marking forward again?
Doubt it. They'd probably either play Fletch Roberts back/forward or put Sam Lloyd as a key marking target.
 
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Injury list from last week Friday (https://www.afl.com.au/news/injury-list)

ADELAIDE

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Luke Brown Ankle 7 weeks
Jordan Gallucci Foot Test
Elliott Himmelberg Foot Test
Andrew McPherson Groin 1 week
Paul Seedsman Finger 1-2 weeks
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

Winger Seedsman fractured his finger in a tackling drill last Thursday and won't play in round one. Defender Brown is the only player in the Crows' best 22 unavailable for round one. Midfielder/forward Gallucci has been managing a foot injury and should return for next week's SANFL trial against Port Adelaide. Key position player Himmelberg has been tracking well after dealing with a plantar fascia injury. Half-back flanker McPherson is also set to make his return from a groin injury that he's carried most of the pre-season. - Lee Gaskin


BRISBANE

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Marcus Adams Knee 3 weeks
Tom Fullarton Hamstring Test
Darcy Gardiner Knee Test
Connor McFadyen Foot Test
Jack Payne Shin 5-6 weeks
Nick Robertson Hamstring Test
Brandon Starcevich Hamstring 3-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Looking more likely that Gardiner will play in round one with a good progression from his PCL injury. Brisbane has one final match simulation on Friday and some good minutes there might get the versatile defender over the line. Adams is back running well and only a few weeks away, while Robertson should also be available for the first round, although likely in a NEAFL practice match. - Michael Whiting


CARLTON

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Sam Docherty Knee Indefinite
Matthew Kennedy Shoulder Test
Matthew Kreuzer Knee Test
Darcy Lang Foot TBC
Harrison Macreadie Back TBC
Caleb Marchbank Back TBC
Jarrod Pickett Knee Indefinite
Tom Williamson Back TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

After knee surgery in January, Kreuzer is building his training loads and is touch-and-go for round one. Tough onballer Kennedy was close to playing in the VFL last Sunday, while Alex Fasolo was back after recovering from a broken left arm. Marchbank, Macreadie, Williamson and Lang won't be available for the season opener against the Tigers. - Dinny Navaratnam


COLLINGWOOD

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Taylor Adams Finger 3-4 weeks
Tim Broomhead Leg 1-2 weeks
Jordan De Goey Foot Available
Lynden Dunn Knee 1-2 weeks
Will Hoskin-Elliott Knee 2-3 weeks
Sam Murray Provisional ASADA suspension TBC
Ben Reid Quad TBC
Matt Scharenberg Knee Indefinite
Jaidyn Stephenson Groin Available
Daniel Wells Foot 1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Pies coach Nathan Buckley expects De Goey and Stephenson to be fit for the round one clash with Geelong, but Hoskin-Elliott and Adams will be sidelined. Dunn is back in full training, while Wells has made a breakthrough in his recovery from the Lisfranc injury that sidelined him for the bulk of last season. A longer-term view will be taken with Scharenberg as he returns from a third knee reconstruction. - Ben Collins


ESSENDON

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Josh Begley Knee TBC
Joe Daniher Calf 4-6 weeks
Matt Dea Knee 4-5 weeks
Dyson Heppell Hamstring Available
Cale Hooker Calf 4-5 weeks
Martin Gleeson Ankle 1 week
Tom Jok Concussion Test
Zach Merrett Ankle Available
Kobe Mutch Ankle TBC
Mason Redman Ankle 1 week
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

More bad news for Daniher with the gun forward sidelined for up to six weeks with a calf injury. Merrett(ankle), Heppell (hamstring) and Fantasia (corked quad) will be all fit for round one after being on a minutes restriction against the Cats. Gleeson and Redman (both ankles) will play in a VFL practice match during round one of the AFL. - Ben Guthrie


FREMANTLE

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Harley Bennell Calf TBC
Connor Blakely Hamstring TBC
Brennan Cox Hamstring TBC
Hugh Dixon Hip 2 weeks
Bradley Hill Calf Test
Stephen Hill Quad TBC
Nat Fyfe Elbow Test
Shane Kersten Foot TBC
Griffin Logue Hamstring TBC
Brandon Matera Suspension Round 1
Aaron Sandilands Calf TBC
Sam Switkowski Hamstring TBC
Matt Taberner Calf/hamstring TBC
Luke Valente Groin 2 weeks
Updated:
Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

The Dockers' wretched run of soft-tissue injuries continued when tall forwards Cox and Taberner suffered setbacks on Sunday, adding to a concerning injury list heading into round one. Fremantle hopes Taberner's injury is only tightness but Cox looks set to miss several weeks, after Logue and Switkowski went down in the JLT1 loss to Collingwood. In better news, Fyfe is a certain starter to boost a youthful midfield in round one after missing both practice games. - Travis King


GEELONG

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Jed Bews Groin 1-2 weeks
Nakia Cockatoo Adductor Test
Lachie Fogarty Hip 2-3 weeks
Scott Selwood Hamstring Test
Zac Smith Knee 1-2 weeks
Zach Tuohy Knee 1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

After overcoming off-season shoulder surgery, Bews has succumbed to a groin setback that has reduced his training loads in recent weeks. While the club says he is recovering well and back running, it's hard to see him getting up for round one. Tuohy has all but put a line through his name, unable to get the desired kilometres into his legs as he builds up fitness through cross-training. Selwood will play a VFL practice match on Friday night but is up against it to force his way in for the season opener. - Mitch Cleary


GOLD COAST

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Josh Corbett Knee 1-2 weeks
Corey Ellis Groin 1-2 weeks
Sean Lemmens Ankle 5-7 weeks
Jack Leslie Knee 2-4 weeks
Izak Rankine Hamstring 6-8 weeks
Josh Schoenfeld Ankle 2-4 weeks
Rory Thompson Knee Season
Harrison Wigg Knee Season
Aaron Young Ankle TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

The problems haven't taken long to mount for the Suns with bad news on Rankine and Young early in the week. Ellis and Corbett are both chances to be available for round one but neither has played a match during the pre-season and would likely kick off their campaigns in a NEAFL practice match. - Michael Whiting


GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Nick Haynes Back 1-2 weeks
Zac Langdon Foot 4-5 weeks
Shane Mumford Suspended Round 3
Jon Patton Knee 8-10 weeks
Callan Ward Knee 4-5 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

The Giants are confident midfielders Kelly and Hopper will be right for round one despite not playing in the JLT Community Series, after they pulled up sore from a practice match against Sydney. Inspirational co-captain Ward won't be available for at least the first three or four games of the season after he injured his knee against Sydney in JLT1, and Haynes is likely to be missing early on with his back issue. Langdon'spressure inside 50 will also be a big loss for the first month of the year at least. - Adam Curley
 
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HAWTHORN

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Grant Birchall Knee Indefinite
Kaiden Brand Ankle TBC
Jack Gunston ITB soreness Test
Jacob Koschitzke Finger Test
Darren Minchington Hamstring TBC
Tom Mitchell Leg Season T
om Scully Ankle Indefinite
Chad Wingard Calf 1-2 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

A setback with his calf injury will see Wingard miss round one with the club hopeful he’ll be fit to make his debut in the early rounds of the season. Vice-captain Gunston missed both of the Hawks' JLT games with iliotibial band soreness, but should be available for the club’s round one clash against Adelaide in round one. Veteran Birchall and recruit Scully took part in some match simulation last week and are progressing well but the club won’t put a timeline on their returns, although Birchall is expected to return in the first half of the season. - Nat Edwards


MELBOURNE

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Bayley Fritsch Corked hip Available
Jeff Garlett Shoulder 4 weeks
Mitch Hannan Knee 8-12 weeks
James Harmes Finger Test
Nathan Jones Corked calf Available
Kade Kolodjashnij Adductor 3 weeks
Jay Kennedy Harris Leg 12 weeks
Steven May Suspension Round 2
Jake Lever Knee 12-16 weeks
Jake Melksham Hamstring Available
Braydon Preuss Groin Test
Joel Smith Groin Test
Tim Smith Calf 2-3 weeks
Aaron vandenBerg Ankle Available
Jack Viney Corked illiotibial band Available
Guy Walker Shoulder TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Kennedy Harris has some serious bone bruising to his leg after suffering the injury against Brisbane in Saturday's JLT Community Series game at Casey Fields and will miss 12 weeks. Harmes is expected to be available for round one after sustaining a compound dislocation of his finger after being set to hospital. Preuss will be tested ahead of round one after sustaining an adductor strain in Saturday's VFL practice match. Smith (groin) is another to face a fitness test ahead of a opening-round clash with Port Adelaide. – Ben Guthrie


NORTH MELBOURNE

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Jed Anderson Hamstring TBC
Tom Campbell Suspension Round two
Ben Cunnington Thigh Available
Majak Daw Pelvis/hips Indefinite
Sam Durdin Finger 4-6 weeks
Ben Jacobs Sinusitis Indefinite
Jamie Macmillan Calf Test
Tom McKenzie Back TBC
Robbie Tarrant AC joint Test
Scott Thompson Suspended Round two
Will Walker PCL TBC
Marley Williams Calf Test
Sam Wright Concussion/quad Test
Tristan Xerri Osteitis pubis TBC
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Cunnington will be fine for the Kangaroos' round one date with Fremantle, while star defender Tarrant is also expected to recover in time to bolster a depleted backline. Macmillan was left out of JLT2 and Williams was on the bench with ice on his right calf by early in the second term, but both are likely to play in the opening round. Wright had a rough day, too, and it is unclear if he will be fit for North's season opener. Andersonhasn't played a practice game and remains without a return date. Taylor Garner (hamstring) is off the injury list in a promising sign for the forward, who has had a wretched run. – Marc McGowan


PORT ADELAIDE

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Joe Atley Knee 2 weeks
Charlie Dixon Leg/ankle TBC
Hamish Hartlett Knee 1 week
Sam Hayes Knee TBC
Riley Grundy Knee 5-7 weeks
Jarrod Lienert Knee 2-4 weeks
Jake Patmore Knee Season
Paddy Ryder Cheekbone TBC
Ollie Wines Shoulder 2-4 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Ruck/forward Ryder had surgery on a fractured cheekbone sustained in last weekend's 21-point JLT Community Series win against North Melbourne. Ryder is still a chance for round one, but more likely for the following week. Defender Lienert suffered medial damage to his knee in the same game and could miss up to a month. Key forward Dixon didn't run last week after feeling soreness in his recovery from a broken leg and dislocated ankle. He's likely to miss at least the first month of the season, but could be longer depending on when he can get through a block of training without pain. Vice-captain Hartlett is on track to play in Port's SANFL trial next Friday night in his return from a torn ACL and could be up for AFL selection as early as round two, but round three is more likely. Co-captain Wines will also be due back around the same time. Second-year midfielder Patmore tore his ACL in Port's SANFL trial last Friday night and will miss the rest of the season. - Lee Gaskin


RICHMOND

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Josh Caddy Ankle 3-7 weeks
Jason Castagna Ankle Test
Ryan Garthwaite Achilles Test
Shaun Grigg Knee Indefinite
Tom Lynch PCL 1-3 weeks
Jacob Townsend Thigh Test
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

Lynch is the most likely of the injured Tigers to play round one against Carlton, but having played no pre-season matches, is still touch and go. Caddy has just returned to running after being unable to for nearly three weeks, while Grigg has turned a corner in his rehab but is still some way off. Castagna, Garthwaite and Townsend are expected to play managed minutes in the VFL. - Sarah Black


ST KILDA

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Nathan Brown Suspended Round 2 Jack Bytel Back Season Jake Carlisle Back Indefinite Oscar Clavarino Ankle 4-6 weeks Dan Hannebery Hamstring 1-3 weeks Max King Knee 6-12 weeks Doulton Langlands Hamstring 1-2 weeks Billy Longer Hamstring 1-2 weeks Paddy McCartin Concussion TBC Dylan Roberton Heart Season Jack Steven Mental health Indefinite
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

Roberton will sit out the entire season due to heart complications. McCartin spent Sunday night in hospital and remains in doubt for round one. Steven is back training, so he seems likely to return early in the season. Acres (back) and McKenzie (heel) both lined up for Sandringham last Sunday while Pierce has recovered from concussion. - Dinny Navaratnam


SYDNEY

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Darcy Cameron Knee Test Ollie Florent Foot Test Lance Franklin Groin 1-2 weeks Kieren Jack Knee Test Matthew Ling Toe Indefinite Jack Maibaum Knee Season Daniel Menzel Groin 1-2 weeks Sam Naismith Knee 4-8 weeks Nick Smith Illness / hamstring 3-4 weeks Durak Tucker Knee Indefinite
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Franklin and Menzel will be cutting it fine for round one and the Swans will decide on their chances next week, with Franklin the only realistic chance given his ability to play with limited preparation. Heeney(ankle) and Lloyd (illness) are likely to train fully this week and be fit and ready for a clash with the Western Bulldogs. Young midfielder Florent is on track to face the Dogs after a mild foot sprain, while veteran Jack could also be available for selection but given his limited preparation he's only an outside chance for the season opener. A bout of illness was a setback for Smith's recovery from hamstring surgery and the Swans don't expect him to be ready to play for the first few rounds, while in better news young forward McCartin is back to full training following his concussion issues. - Adam Curley



WEST COAST

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Jamie Cripps Toe 2-3 weeks Andrew Gaff Suspended Round 3 Josh Kennedy Foot Test Nic Naitanui Knee 3-4 months Will Schofield Quad Test Brad Sheppard Hamstring Test
Updated: Tuesday, March 12

Early prognosis

Kennedy took part in some brief match simulation work last week and is aiming to run around in an intraclub this Friday before putting his hand up for the season-opening trip to Brisbane. Cripps is an outside chance of being on the plane after ramping up his training recently, while Schofield and Sheppard are dealing with corkies but should be available for round one on March 23. - Travis King


WESTERN BULLDOGS

Player
Injury
Estimated Return

Tom Boyd Back 6-10 weeks Ben Cavarra Quad 2-3 weeks Bailey Dale Ankle 2-3 weeks Jason Johannisen Ankle 2-3 weeks Lin Jong Hamstring 3-4 weeks Buku Khamis Knee 5-6 weeks Dale Morris Knee TBC Liam Picken Concussion Indefinite Laitham Vandermeer Hamstring 4-6 weeks Lukas Webb Neck Test
Updated: Friday, March 15

Early prognosis

Morris could miss the season after suffering an ACL injury at training on Friday. Cavarra failed to play in the weekend's VFL practice match after sustaining a quad setback that will rule him out of contention for the start to the season. Vandermeer's hopes of early games have also suffered a hit, suffering a hamstring blow. Johannisen has set his sights on a comeback in round two or three, after a limited month on the training track. Jong is progressing well from his high-end hamstring, while there is still no certain timeframe on a return date for Boyd and Picken to full training. - Mitch Cleary
 
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Scooter pulled a hammy again in a VFL practice game (good for Constable?). Fort also some chance for R1 with Ratugolea in doubt with a finger concern.


https://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-03-16/scans-for-selwood-after-practice-match-hamstring-blow
Scans for Selwood after practice match hamstring blow
Ben Guthrie
Mar 16, 2019 11:02AM


GEELONG's Scott Selwood will find out the results of scans on his injured hamstring by Sunday, after the midfielder pulled up short in Friday night's VFL practice match against Werribee.
Trying to press his claims for a round one berth against Collingwood after missing the Cats' two JLT Community Series games because of hamstring tightness, Selwood left the field midway through the third quarter at Avalon Airport Oval and did not return.
The Cats are hopeful the scans will show only a minor strain and that his time on the sidelines will be short.
It is a disappointing setback for the 28-year-old after he gathered 11 disposals in the opening half of the game against Werribee.
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Selwood had enjoyed a strong pre-season until the hamstring tightness flared in February, but the consistency of his program meant that he was far better prepared for 2019 than he was for previous seasons.
Meanwhile, ruckmen Ryan Abbott and Darcy Fort put in solid performances against Werribee to give themselves a chance to play against the Pies at the MCG next Friday night, with Esava Ratugolea in doubt with a finger injury.
Ratugolea will face a fitness test ahead of the clash with the Pies after dislocating his finger at training in recent days.

Should the 20-year-old be unavailable, Abbott – who did not play in the pre-season competition because of a back injury – or Fort could get a call up to play with No.1 big man Rhys Stanley in the ruck.
Fort, 25, was drafted by Geelong with pick No.65 in last year's NAB AFL Draft and featured in both the Cats' JLT Series games against West Coast and Essendon, albeit on limited minutes.
Forward Wylie Buzza could also be considered in the Cats' reshuffle, while it is understood Abbott has come back into calculations after an interrupted pre-season with hamstring tendinitis and a back concern.
The Cats' other ruckman, Zac Smith, is still recovering from a knee injury suffered in February
 
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I couldn't find anything abot zac williams or the gws intra trial. I took him out of my team, changed the structure then brought him back. I stopped changing my team when i realised i had no idea what my plan was!
 
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