Collingwood have paid a big price for their courageous win over Fremantle on Sunday, with at least three players set to miss next week’s Queen’s Birthday clash against Melbourne.
Collingwood continued to resurrect their season with a fifth win from the first 11 rounds, but Jamie Elliott (ankle), Daniel Wells (calf) and Tyson Goldsack (shoulder) are all set for significant time on the sidelines.
Elliott, who has kicked 16 goals in his past five games, re-injured the same ankle which saw him miss the first three games on 2017. The livewire forward fell awkwardly during a tackle and immediately went to the bench.
He failed to return to the field and was on crutches after the game. That would indicate it is a multiple week injury, although the Magpies do have a bye in two weeks’ time, meaning he may miss only 1-2 games.
But the fact it is the same ankle which was so troublesome earlier in the year is a major worry for Elliott and coach Nathan Buckley.
It’s a similar story for Wells, whose build up to his first season in a Collingwood jumper was hampered by calf problems. He returned in Round 5 and has played six games, but pulled up short during the game with the Dockers and would appear to have re-injured that same calf.
Assuming that’s the case, it would be a 3-4 week injury, and maybe longer given his prior issues.
Goldsack bravely stayed on the ground after he injured his shoulder in the match, but was eventually forced to the bench in obvious pain.
He’ll have scans this week, but would be very unlikely to front up against the Demons next Monday.
Adding to the Pies’ woes is a corked thigh for Levi Greenwood, who played on, but will be monitored during the week.
Fremantle continue to plot a cautious path with Aaron Sandilands after the giant ruckman missed the Collingwood game with hamstring issues. The 34-year-old is unlikely to travel to Brisbane for the Dockers’ next match against Brisbane, meaning with the bye, he’ll effectively got three weeks off.
Ed Langdon may also be rested after he battled through knee problems against the Pies.
Brisbane, meanwhile., have confirmed that Mitch Robinson season is over after he was sent for foot surgery having not played since Round 7.
Richmond head to their bye off the back of a two-match winning streak, but injuries to Todd Elton (shoulder) and Ivan Soldo (hip) in the VFL have further weakened their big man stocks.
Shaun Hampson (back) is already sidelined, while Ben Griffiths is out with concussion. Now with Elton set for shoulder surgery and Soldo copping a knock, Richmond will be hoping nothing goes wrong with Toby Nankervis.
Adelaide’s Jake Lever will be closely monitored this week ahead of Friday’s match against St Kilda after he rolled his ankle in the loss to Geelong on Friday.
The game also saw Joel Selwood stitched up with a nasty cut above his ear after a collision with Andy Otten. Selwood returned the ground and now has a week to get over any concussion symptoms before the Cats travel to Perth to play the Eagles.
Gold Coast’s Matt Rosa and Hawthorn’s Taylor Duryea both had heavy knocks over the weekend and will be monitored as well.
North Melbourne will hope the week off will give Marley Williams (hip), Nathan Hrovat (calf) and Taylor Garner (leg) chances to get over their niggles ahead of the Round 13 clash with St Kilda.