AFL Injury Wrap: R13 – Are Lin Jong and Michael Barlow done for the season?

Lin Jong’s 2017 season appears to be over after the versatile Western Bulldogs midfielder suffered a serious knee injury during Sunday’s loss to Melbourne.

Jong came from the ground after a collision with Melbourne’s Nathan Jones with a right knee injury and did not return. It is suspected he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament which would rule him out of this year and part of next year.

It’s a huge blow for Jong, who missed out on the Dogs premiership last year but had played all 12 games in 2017.

Jones, too, suffered an injury in the match and is in major doubt for the Demons’ trip west to face West Coast this Saturday.

He injured a quad during the third quarter and spent the final term of the match on the bench and with just six-days’ break before the match in Perth, he is in serious doubt.

There is also a major query over Jack Watts, who also sat out a large part of the final term of that match with hamstring tightness.

While Watts and Jones are doubtful starters, Melbourne will be boosted by the return of ruckman Max Gawn for that match. Jayden Hunt and Neville Jetta are also likely to back up despite suffering minor injuries in the loss to the Dogs.

The other player whose season is at an end is Gold Coast midfielder Michael Barlow, who broke his leg late in Saturday night’s loss to Carlton at Metricon Stadium.

Barlow got his leg caught up in a tackle and immediately called for assistance. It was clear from replays that the nature of the injury was serious and he was stretchered from the ground.

Gold Coast are reporting that Barlow is targeting a pre-season return having undergone surgery to repair the break in his left fibula.

There are various media reports that two of the Giants’ young stars, Josh Kelly and Jacob Hopper, suffered injuries during the bye week.

Kelly, who has been linked with about five clubs when he comes off contract at the end of the season, is in considerable doubt for the Giants’ trip to Brisbane to play the Lions this week having played every game this year and averaged nearly 30 touches.

Hopper has not played since breaking his finger against St Kilda in Round 7, but is believed to have suffered another unrelated injury and his return is set to be delayed.

Port Adelaide’s Jared Polec injured his hamstring in the win over Brisbane on Saturday and will miss the usual 2-3 weeks having left the ground in the final quarter of that match.

Geelong suffered twin hamstring pain in their loss to West Coast on Thursday with Nakia Cockatoo and Scott Selwood both forced out of the game.

It is Cockatoo’s second hamstring strain in the space of the past month and the Cats will likely take a cautious path back to the field. The extent of Selwood’s injury is not known but even a nine-day break between games is unlikely to see him front up against Fremantle in Geelong on Sunday.

West Coast youngster Jackson Nelson also ‘did a hammy’ in that match and looks likely to spend some time on the sidelines.

There are several players who suffered minor injuries who will be monitored during the week. The most significant from a fantasy perspective is Brisbane’s Tom Rockliff.

Rockliff spent just 59 per cent on time on the ground against the Power on Saturday, and spent much of the second half on the bench. The suggestion is that he has a groin problem and he must be in some doubt this week ahead of the clash with the Giants.

Two other Lions, Jake Barrett and Nick Robertson, both finished the game on the bench with undetermined injuries.

Richmond’s Kamdyn McIntosh suffered hamstring tightness and is another one who may be iin doubt with the Tigers to play Carlton next Sunday.

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