Friday’s top-of-the-table clash between Adelaide and Geelong could be minus two its major stars with Adelaide sweating on the fitness of Rory Sloane and the Cats awaiting scans which will determine the extent of Patrick Dangerfield’s foot injury.
Sloane was injured in a tackle in the third quarter of Saturday’s win over Melbourne, with his head hitting the TIO Stadium turf.
He was assessed for concussion after the incident and did not return to the ground, meaning he will need to pass further tests this week if he is to front up against the Cats.
The six-day break could work against Sloane and team-mate Jake Lever, who appeared to injure his hamstring in the final quarter.
Lever also spent the rest of the game on the bench with ice on both legs, after sustaining a corked quad. He also faces a race against time.
How bad is Dangerfield’s foot injury, which he suffered early in the game against Hawthorn? We will hopefully find out Monday but early signs aren’t good after the Brownlow Medal favourite arrived at Simonds Stadium on Monday morning in a moonboot.
Dangerfield injured his foot kicking the ball, making contact with Jarryd Roughead who was attempting to smother. He needed by assisted from the ground, but returned to play at full forward, playing a key role in the Cats’ narrow win by kicking five goals.
He eventually fronted the media on Monday afternoon, coming into the press conference with an arm sling and crutches, but it was all an act. He said he believes it is bone bruising and the injury will be continued to be assessed during the week.
It’s a slightly better outlook for Cats’ duo Scott Selwood (hamstring) and Andrew Mackie (wrist), who were both late withdrawals on Saturday but are expected to front up against the Crows.
The Bulldogs may be thinking of September again after their win over Carlton on Sunday, but if they are to stage a late-season surge it will be without Jake Stringer for a few weeks. Stringer pinged a hamstring early in that game and will miss a minimum of 2-3 games.
Another player to ‘do a hammy’ was Gold Coast defender Steven May, who is set to miss a few weeks after suffering the injury against Collingwood. It is May’s second hamstring injury this year after he injured the other hamstring in Round 4.
Scans will confirm how long Jarryd Lyons will be out after the Gold Coast recruit injured his ankle in the first half of that game. The Suns are hopeful it might just be bone bruising.
Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury is set to spend at least a month on the sidelines with a scan on his injured hand revealing a broken finger which will require surgery.
St Kilda’s bad form against Essendon was compounded (literally) with Sam Gilbert expected to miss a month after suffering a dislocation in his hand, where the bone broke the skin.
GWS will wait and see whether star forward Jeremy Cameron will front up against the Tigers at the MCG on Sunday.
Cameron was a late withdrawal against the Swans on Saturday with hamstring tightness and given his importance to the Giants’ forward line, will be closely watched.
Matt De Boer was concussed in that loss to the Swans and will be another one assessed ahead of the Richmond game.
Melbourne’s Dean Kent and Fremantle’s Stephen Hill both suffered dislocated shoulders in Round 17 action. Kent’s would not pop back in, which means he is likely to miss a few weeks, but Hill’s did go back in, and he played on. He is likely to front up against Hawthorn on Saturday night at Subiaco.
Carlton, meanwhile, have a litany of injury concerns. Dale Thomas was a late withdrawal with a calf issue, while Dylan Buckley (hamstring), Alex Silvagni (knee) and Ciaran Byrne (groin) all finished the game against the Dogs on the bench. That quartet are all in some doubt for the match against Brisbane on Sunday evening.
North Melbourne’s Mitchell Hibberd (shoulder) will require surgery on his injury and will be out for the rest of the season, while veteran Ben Jacobs (stress fracture) is also done for 2017. Corey Wagner (ankle) will need to prove his fitness before the Kangaroos play Essendon at Etihad on Saturday.