Gold Coast defender Steven May and Western Bulldogs recruit Travis Cloke will both miss significant chunks of time after suffering injuries during their club’s respective Round 4 wins.
May tore his hamstring during the Suns’ win over Carlton on Saturday night, while 24 hours earlier at the same venue, Cloke suffered fractured ribs in a bump by North Melbourne Jack Ziebell.
Cloke will miss at least a month with the injury, with Ziebell cleared by the MRP despite the impact of the bump.
May, the Suns co-captain, will miss the usual three weeks after coming off late in the match in a blow for the Suns who have already lost fellow key back Sam Day for the season, while Rory Thompson missed the Carlton game with quad tightness.
The Suns face Adelaide at Metricon Stadium on Saturday and the Crows may be without Jake Kelly, who suffered an eye injury in the win over Essendon. Charlie Cameron‘s hamstring tightness will be monitored.
St Kilda and Geelong clash on Sunday and the Saints may be without David Armitage who left the ground late in the game against Collingwood with what looked a recurrence of a groin injury.
The Cats will likely be missing inexperienced pair Sam Menegola and James Parsons who both were offered suspensions from the match against the Hawks. Tom Ruggles, who was concussed after a strong bump by Josh Gibson, is also is doubt.
Cloke isn’t the only Bulldogs big man to emerge with damage from the win over the Kangaroos. Tom Boyd will be assessed after he suffered concussion while Tom Campbell injured an ankle.
The Dogs play Brisbane this week and the Lions will be without Tom Cutler, who injured his hamstring. Tom Rockliff should play despite a dislocated finger.
The Sydney-GWS match promises to be one of the more intriguing of the weekend, with the Giants sweating on the fitness of Dylan Shiel (shoulder) and Heath Shaw (leg). Swans superstar Lance Franklin should come up for the game despite suffering several heavy knocks in the loss to the Eagles.
Eagles recruit Sam Mitchell should front-up for the re-match with his old team Hawthorn on Sunday after he initially feared he broke his leg in a clash with a team-mate. Jack Darling is also expected to return.
Hawthorn will likely have Ty Vickery available after he was a late withdrawal against Geelong.
Fremantle are favoured to make it a hat-trick of wins when they host winless North Melbourne this week, but will be hoping Stephen Hill is fit after he suffered a corky late in the win over Carlton.