AFL Injury Wrap R8: When will Rioli and Rockliff be back?


Hawthorn are set to be without Cyril Rioli, James Frawley and Ben Stratton for extended periods after the trio suffered injuries in the win over Brisbane in Tasmania over the weekend.

Rioli’s has injured his posterior cruciate ligament, which is set to sideline him for 8-12 weeks according to the Hawks, while Stratton’s prognosis is bone bruising and he will miss around six weeks and Frawley is an eight-week absentee with turf toe.

In a dose of good news for the Hawks, Isaac Smith escaped with a $1000 fine from a striking charge before the Match Review Panel.

The other major casualty out of the Launceston match was Brisbane skipper Tom Rockliff, the highest scoring player in most forms of Fantasy competitions, including Supercoach and AFL Fantasy.

Rockliff dislocated his shoulder in the match, with the damage to be assessed this week. He’ll miss at least this week against Adelaide, but if there is structural damage, he may need surgery which could see him out from anything from six weeks to the rest of the year.

Brisbane should at least get back Dayne Beams for Saturday’s match against Adelaide after he missed the past two weeks with a quad injury.

The Giants may have escaped with the four points against Collingwood, but they have been left with a considerable injury toll. Stephen Coniglio injured the same ankle which saw him miss the first six games of this season. The club has since announced he’ll miss at least 10 weeks.

Collingwood’s defensive stocks have been dealt a blow with Ben Reid to miss up to a month with a quad injury.

They’ll also monitor the readiness of both Aiden Corr and Sam Reid, who were both concussed in Saturday’s game in Sydney.

St Kilda will have to do without Jimmy Webster for around a month after he broke his hand early in the win over Carlton, while Dylan Roberton (elbow) and Luke Dunstan (knee) look set to be fine to take on Sydney.

North Melbourne youngster Jy Simpkin also looks set for a time on the sidelines after injuring his AC joint in Sunday’s loss to Sydney. The injury will be further assessed this week.

There was concern from Sydney over veteran Jarrad McVeigh’s hamstring during that match and while he got through, the six-day back-up into the match against the Saints might work against him this week.

Rhys Stanley faces a similar tight timeline as he bids to recover from the knee injury suffered in Geelong’s loss to Essendon. The out-of-form Cats are on the short back-up this week against Western Bulldogs on Friday night.

Melbourne will monitor Jayden Hunt this week after he was heavily concussed in the win over Adelaide. The Demons play the Kangaroos on Sunday afternoon.

Gold Coast lost Rory Thompson in the warm-up for their match against Port Adelaide in China with a hamstring strain. The Suns have this weekend off, and will hope to get the defender back for the following week against Melbourne in Alice Springs.

It’s a similar story for Sam Powell-Pepper (back) and Charlie Dixon (knee) for Port Adelaide.

Melbourne confirmed on Tuesday morning that Jesse Hogan has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and will seek immediate treatment. His predicted absence is anything from four to eight weeks, depending on treatment.

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