Greater Western Sydney’s injury woes have continued with Dylan Shiel set to spend time on the sidelines after injuring his shoulder in the defeat to Richmond at the MCG.
In a game where All Australian forward Toby Greene was again reported after a jumper punch on Alex Rance which is likely to see him suspended for at least a week, Shiel fell awkwardly on the wet surface and immediately felt for his shoulder.
He spent the remainder of the game on the bench and it appears that he has re-injured his troublesome right shoulder which has plagued him for several years.
The likely absence of Shiel and Greene ahead of next week’s game against Fremantle comes after a month without a victory for the Giants after playing with an extensive injury list for much of the year.
Round 18 may have also seen the last of two veterans who picked up serious injuries. Bulldogs defender Dale Morris broke his arm after flying for a mark in the win over Gold Coast in Cairns.
It is the second serious break for Morris this season, after he broke his leg during round 1. He is out of contract at the end of the season and should he not return by the end of the year, he may have played the last of his 239 games.
There are also concerns over St Kilda’s Leigh Montagna‘s future after the 33-year-old suffered a serious hamstring injury against Sydney on Saturday.
Montagna will get the injury scanned this week, but anything more serious than the usual 2-3 week hammy could mean his 287-game career is also over. He is also out of contract.
Collingwood’s sensational comeback win over West Coast on Sunday came at a major cost, with Darcy Moore and Travis Varcoe both taken to hospital after being concussed.
Moore copped a knee to the back of his head in the second term. He had scans on his neck and will be assessed during the week.
Varcoe’s season is probably over after he also dislocated his elbow when he fell heavily to the turf during the third quarter.
Another player whose 2017 looks to be done is Fremantle midfielder/forward Michael Walters, who injured a posterior cruciate ligament against Hawthorn on Saturday night.
Scans will determine the exact nature of the injury, but with the Dockers out of contention and the injury likely to be a minimum of six weeks, we won’t see Walters until 2018.
A fractured cheekbone may see Adelaide’s Brad Crouch miss this Sunday’s game against Collingwood. The tough midfielder picked up the injury against Geelong.
Also from that game, Cats utility Mark Blicavs suffered a nasty ankle injury and ended the game on crutches. He is in major doubt for Geelong’s clash with Carlton this Saturday night.
Another player who suffered an ankle injury was Port Adelaide Chad Wingard, who finished the game against Melbourne on the bench. He is in doubt for Saturday’s clash with St Kilda.