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 25 July.
Ben Sinclair (concussion)
It was very brave, as he usually is, but unfortunately he knocked himself out. He’s actually come up pretty well. He had to go to hospital for precautionary reasons after the game. He’s now feeling pretty well. He was at training today and he’s actually going quite well. Obviously we’re very concerned about the whole concussion thing. He’s now had three or four this year. It’s not an easy thing to overcome. He may be feeling well enough to play on the weekend, but I think it’s pretty unlikely that we’ll ask him to do that. It’s really a matter of how he’s feeling. We need to go through a range of things to make sure he can play safely. We’ll miss him as a player. He’s been very importance to us. Obviously the concussion thing is more important than just a game or two. We’ll consider him only a short term risk at the moment and (will) just see how he goes... Keep your fingers crossed on him.
Brayden Sier (back)
Brayden Sier had a concussion but he’s passed his concussion tests. He didn’t play on the weekend because the VFL had a bye. Funnily enough, he was in the gym and slightly hurt his back. He may well be out for this week. He’s actually going fairly well, but with that back thing we’ll be pretty conservative as well. More than likely he won’t play this week.
Jarrod Witts (finger)
Jarrod Witts compound dislocated his finger two weeks ago. He had a bit of surgery on it to make sure he didn’t get another infection like last time he hurt his hand. There’s a reasonable chance that he might miss this week as well. He could well get up, but it’s more likely that we won’t put that sort of pressure on him. He will be short term as well.
Tom Langdon (knee)
Tommy Langdon has had a tough year with ankle, knee – the whole thing. He’s had his knee re-done. He’s certainly still very much medium term, probably long term. I don’t think we’ll be expecting to get much out of him this year. He’s going okay, but we just want him to settle down. - 18 July
Jamie Elliott (back)
Jamie Elliott’s back is similar. He’s in pretty good shape now. He’s progressing, but he’s certainly very much long term still. - 18 July
Jackson Ramsay (knee)
Jackson Ramsay’s knee is the same. He’s very much long term. He’s going pretty well but he won’t play this year. - 18 July
Matthew Scharenberg (knee)
Matthew Scharenberg is a bit in front of Jackson. He’s going along very well. I don’t think we’ll put any pressure on him to try and play this year either. He’s very much long term also, but he is going well and should have a full pre-season in front of him one would hope. - 18 July
Dane Swan (foot)
Swanny is actually improving. He’s weight-bearing. He’s got a long way to go with that so he’s certainly very much long term. We’ll keep you informed with how he goes, but we won’t know for some time. He’s up and about and we’re hoping he comes through pretty well. - 18 July
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."