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 Tuesday 27 April.
Corey Gault & Ben Sinclair (concussion)
Corey Gault and Ben Sinclair both missed last week with concussion. Both are going pretty well. They looked quite good this week. Naturally they’ll need to go through the concussion testing. We’re pretty confident that both will be okay but neither are certainties as yet.
Travis Varcoe (hamstring)
He hurt him hamstring on the weekend. The good part of the report is that it’s not too bad, but I think it would be a big risk to take him to Perth and hope that he plays. He’s not out of the question, but he’s certainly short term.
Jarrod Witts (hand)
Jarrod Witts with his hand (injury)… We’re still a little but concerned that he hasn’t been able to do a lot of work with the footy. There’s more chance that he’ll stay short term. He probably won’t play this weekend. He may do, but he probably won’t.
Jamie Elliott (back)
Jamie Elliott has been suffering with that back. He’s gone from long term to medium term, so he’s doing a fair bit of work and we’re really pleased with what he’s doing. But as we’ve said a number of times, he’s got to go through a heap of work and once he gets through that he should be playing. Medium term there.
Marley Williams (toe)
Marley Williams has good news. He’s out of his boot and moving pretty well. We’re pretty confident that he will be medium term at worst.
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.
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.
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.
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."