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Injury Wrap Round 5 – How many weeks will Stephen Hill and Daniel Talia miss?

Fremantle’s Stephen Hill will likely miss at least 2-3 weeks, including this Saturday’s Derby against West Coast after injuring his hamstring in Saturday’s narrow win over North Melbourne.

While his injury was described as tightness by coach Ross Lyon post-match, Hill was forced off the ground soon after pulling up short in the final quarter of the match, and it appears to be a typical hamstring injury which would require three weeks to recover from. He will be assessed in the next couple of days.

West Coast have their own injury concerns ahead of the match, with Jamie Cripps injuring his ankle late in the loss to Hawthorn at the MCG on Sunday.

Cripps landed awkwardly and is on crutches after the incident and is in major doubt for Saturday. Coach Adam Simpson will also be monitoring the fitness of Brad Sheppard, who copped a knock to the knee during that match and must be in some doubt.

A hamstring injury is set to put Daniel Talia’s season for Adelaide on hiatus. The extent of the injury, which was suffered early in the easy win over Gold Coast, will not be known until later in the week, but it looks to be serious. That could mean Talia misses anything from three weeks to two months.

It’s a blow to the 5-0 Crows, with Talia a lynchpin in their defence. He has played the past 37 games straight for Adelaide, but will miss the round 6 match against Richmond at Adelaide Oval.

Riley Knight, also with a hamstring, is doubtful for that match as well.

North Melbourne’s third heartbreaking defeat in four weeks was compounded by the likely loss of Todd Goldstein with an ankle injury late in the loss to the Dockers.

North will be hoping to open their 2017 account against Gold Coast on Saturday, but will likely be without their inspirational big man, with deputy Braydon Preuss likely to come back in after being rested this week.

Ben Brown and Jack Ziebell both suffered knocks to the knee in Saturday’s match, but both returned to the field and are expected to be fit this week.

Port Adelaide travel to Brisbane this week to play the Lions but may be without Travis Boak, who copped a cork in his hamstring on Friday’s easy victory over Carlton.

Boak sat out the rest of the game after the knock in the third quarter and will be assessed during the week. Hamish Hartlett (quad) was a late withdrawal on Friday and could return this week.

Meanwhile, gun Lions youngster Eric Hipwood also copped a knock, in his case to the thigh, but should back up fine this week.

Friday night’s match between Greater Western Sydney and the Western Bulldogs will be much anticipated and the Dogs should have both Matthew Boyd and Josh Dunkley available despite minor injuries over the weekend.

The Giants are sweating on the MRP’s verdict on the report on Toby Greene for a headbutt on Isaac Heeney.

Carlton’s experienced pair Bryce Gibbs (finger) and Marc Murphy (knee) are set to be given the all clear for the Blues match against the Swans at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

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