Get the latest from the medical room at the Holden Centre thanks to Blackmores. Director of Football Neil Balme last discussed the health of the list on Monday 16 May.
Ben Sinclair (concussion)
Ben Sinclair’s concussion is also something we’re closely watching. As we said last week, he’s objectively relatively well. He’s not feeling all that great yet so let’s hope he comes through this week feeling a lot better. If he does, he’ll be able to play. We’ll be pretty conservative on that.
Corey Gault (concussion)
Corey Gault is in the same position (as Ben Sinclair), he’s had some genuine issues with his concussion. He’s feeling quite well, but we’ll have to see how well he goes. He’s certainly short term but could play this week.
Nathan Brown (hamstring)
Nathan Brown’s hamstring has certainly recovered well. He should be able to put in a full week’s training and he should be available to play.
Rupert Wills (calf)
Rupert Wills is in a similar position (to Nathan Brown) with his calf. We thought he’d get up last week, but he wasn’t quite right. He should be fine for this week as well.
Tom Langdon (ankle) and Tim Broomhead (ankle)
Tommy Langdon’s ankle, being a syndesmosis, is taking a little bit longer than we expected. He will be medium term, as will Tim Broomhead who’s got a similar issue. They’re both out of their boots now and are now doing some work. Both will still be medium term before they get back on the track.
Jamie Elliott (back)
We do have some unfortunate news to report today in that Jamie Elliott will probably require some surgery on his injured back. He saw the surgeon today and the decision has been taken to have a look at that. The good news is that we think if there’s any surgery, it’ll be more anatomical in nature and not particularly evasive. When you’re talking about back surgery that is good news. It’ll probably just keep him out for about six weeks and then he should be fine to move on. We’ll see what happens from there. Obviously that makes it a bit tough for him to have an impact this year, but it’s certainly not out of the question as yet.
Jackson Ramsay (knee)
Jackson Ramsay is now back at the club. He’s had his surgery and is recovering from that. He’s going okay but he’s very much long term as well. - Tuesday 26 April
Matthew Scharenberg (knee)
Matt Scharenberg is very much long term obviously. He’s doing a fair bit of work kicking the footy and a few things, but he’s very much long term still. - Tuesday 26 April
Dane Swan (foot)
Swanny has been around the place as well. It’s really been terrific to see him. He hasn’t given up his hopes of playing this year. We’re not sure how he’s going yet. He’s still in the boot and hasn’t been able to test much. He’s got a fantastic attitude towards it all so we’ll see how it goes. He’s long term. - Tuesday 26 April
The Blackmores injury update explained
A short-term injury indicates that there is some chance a player will play in the VFL or AFL on the coming weekend, but it is more likely that they won't.
If a player has sustained a medium-term injury, it is considered that he will require more than a two weeks to return to the VFL or the AFL, but the club is unsure exactly how long it will be.
If a player has sustained a long-term injury, that means it will be more than six weeks until they play football at either VFL or AFL level.
"We normally talk about how many weeks players are going to miss, but we never know for sure," Director of Football Neil Balme explained.
"It’s always a bit of a guess. This stops us from saying two-to-three weeks, which then turns into 18 weeks, which can quite often happen."