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2009 AFL pre-season injury report

Pre-season injury report

Fantasy coaches are always taking risks, and one of the main types of players they take risks on are those whose prices are discounted due to injuries sustained the season before. This makes it vital to keep abreast of injury information, and lists of who is on the dreaded “modified program” at preseason training. Modified programs mean no contact drills and most of the work spent indoors at the gym, with training sessions restricted to some handball work and running laps. So, who’s on the modified programs at each club?

Brett Burton – Still scheduled for late second half return after ACL tear.
Patrick Dangerfield – Carrying a calf problem, though it sounds like it’s fading away.
Andrew McLeod – Had offseason knee surgery and will be restricted for most of the preseason. The AFL site reckons he’ll play one or two pre-season games but it doesn’t sound promising.
Jason Porplyzia – Finally had the shoulder reconstruction he desperately needed and the club is reportedly “optimistic” about round 1. Personally, I’m not that fussed about shoulder injuries, as players can often play through them and perform just as well… like Lance Franklin did this year, for instance.
Simon Goodwin – His troublesome back, which hampered him through a lot of 2008, seems to be improving.
Graham Johncock – Missed a lot of pre-Christmas sessions while undergoing a mysterious secret training regime, but has looked like a million dollars since returning to team training. Perhaps an intensive Nicorette patch program? 😉
Trent Hentschel – Some observers still detect limping at times during training.
Jonathan Griffin – Still riding bikes after hip surgery in September.
Tony Armstrong – Running laps and cycling after his fractured forearm in round 21.
Kurt Tippett – Tweaked his left knee in the last training before Christmas, no word on severity.

Simon Black – Ankle surgery in November put him out for six weeks, but should be resuming shortly.
Matthew Leuenberger – Training reports are impossible to get out of the Lions, so I don’t know how he’s traveling, but his knee surgery from the round 15 injury would have to be affecting his preseason.

Adam Hartlett – Tore cartilage in a knee 30 minutes into the training session on December 22. The kid’s had rotten luck with injuries. If you hadn’t already crossed him off your lists after getting burned this year, time to do it now.
Matthew Kreuzer – Will resume full training post-Christmas after a hip injury.
Brad Fisher – The dislocated elbow came at a good time for him to get back to training before the real stuff starts, but it’s going to hamper his chances of keeping his spot in a position where the Blues have multiple blokes putting their hands up to fill – Kreuzer being just one – so the fact that Fisher’s arm will be in a brace until mid-January is not a good sign.
Richard Hadley – His perpetually injured groin will have healed up by the time January training restarts, reportedly, though it’s no guarantee to stay that way.
Robert Warnock – Offseason shoulder surgery is taking a while to recover from, with training not expected until some time after the new year. Is reportedly working on bulking up at the moment.
Joe Anderson – Another shoulder injury, this time more minor and will rejoin the main group after Christmas.
Jordon Bannister – Hasn’t played since round 5 this year after a bad hamstring strain and still isn’t training with the main group.
The Carlton rehab group at last training included Fisher, Heath Scotland, Ryan Houlihan, Rhys O’Keeffe, Lachie Hill and Adam Bentick.

Brad Dick – Seems to be progressing well on the comeback from a knee reconstruction, participating in full drills.
Anthony Rocca – Slow to recover from his ankle injury, scheduled to return to contact drills by late January.
Sean Rusling – His shoulder reconstruction should be fully healed by mid January.
Kevin Dyas – All sorts of rumours about how bad his hamstring injury was, up to and including a Matthew Lloyd-like tearing off the bone. He’s the only one that the Collingwood staff are definitely ruling out for round 1.

Tayte Pears – Inexplicably waited until late December to have hip surgery for a problem that had affected him during the season since round 15. Essendon called it a “minor clear-out” and claimed he’d be right for round 1. Pears had similar surgery on the other hip last pre-season. Oh well, he doesn’t have three hips, so he should be right now!
Jay Neagle – Limped off during training on December 15 with what was described later as an “ankle bruising” in a clash with Bachar Houli, almost crying with the pain according to one fan source. Doesn’t sound too serious but not a good sign.
Brent Prismall – Still scheduled for mid-season return after his ACL, despite the player’s own protestations about aiming at round 1.
Dustin Fletcher – Hurt his ankle at December 12 training but was back in the thick of it on the 15th.
The Bombers rehab group at last training included David Zaharakis, Scott Gumbleton, Mark McVeigh, Matthew Lloyd, Darcy Daniher, Jason Laycock, Kyle Reimers and Jason Winderlich.

Paul Hasleby – Training reports have been hazy, but those that have filtered through have not been rosy about Hasleby’s training form. The word “struggling” has been used more than once. Not a good sign for a candidate for being this year’s Nick Stevens.
Des Headland – At least Hase is pounding the turf! Headland hasn’t been seen on the track at recent Docker training sessions.
Among the Dockers running laps at the last session (frustratingly incomplete though the list is) were Matthew Pavlich, Adam Campbell, Chris Tarrant and David Mundy.

Matthew Egan – No improvement, unlikely to play again let alone in 2009.
Tom Hawkins – Oh dear, yet another modified program, this time due to his injured foot. Is the Tomahawk ever going to get a fair crack at a full preseason? Geelong staff are talking him up regardless but it sounds like wishful thinking to me.
Tom Harley – Some pundits have looked at the age of the Cats backline, particularly Daren Milburn, and thought there might be some more generational change needed. Harley’s knee is being nursed through preseason so maybe Harley will be the one who will miss some games early, allowing for the likes of Tom Gillies to be blooded in the ones? Or maybe not.
Steven Motlop – Has his arm in a sling after a shoulder injury, and while he’s aiming for the NAB he’s nowhere near senior ranks just yet.
Cameron Ling – A rumour published by Craig Hutchinson in the Herald-Sun that the Pink Pig had done a fetlock seems to have been quashed, with the ankle in question looking good at his last public appearance.

Luke Hodge – Offseason surgery to fix a torn labrum, club are making noises about him being ready for round 1 but I’m not so hopeful.
Jordan Lewis – Offseason surgery to fix a torn labrum, club are making noises about him being ready for round 1 but I’m not so hopeful. Wait, didn’t we just do this?
Trent Croad – Speaking of J-Lew, he let slip on SEN last week that Croad would be out until at least round 5 with his foot injury, despite the Hawks hierarchy swearing blind that he’s aiming at round 1.
Lance Franklin – Trained with strapping on his hand and favoured it noticeably.
Xavier Ellis – Murmurings on fan sites are now that Ellis won’t return until mid-season with that hip injury. The club is still claiming he’s aiming at round 1… is there an echo in here?
Max Bailey – Won’t be ready for round 1 after his ACL. I can’t see him getting past Brent Renouf and Simon Taylor anyway. Look elsewhere, I reckon.
Beau Muston – Always looks good at this time of year, but let’s see if his knee holds up.
Others in the rehab group at the last training: Robert Campbell, Renouf and Tim Boyle.

Russell Robertson – We won’t see him until the second half of the season with that achilles rupture.
Jared Rivers – Tore his groin muscle off the bone, so you wouldn’t expect big things out of him early even if he does get up for round 1. A perpetually injured player.
Brock McLean – Also aiming at round 1 with a very serious-sounding ankle injury, and like Rivers hasn’t done any skills work pre-Christmas.
John Meesen – Will rejoin the main group post-Christmas with his ankle.
Paul Johnson – Same as Meesen with his calf.
Also in the rehab group at last training were Colin Garland and James McDonald, while Colin Sylvia, Simon Buckley and Brent Moloney didn’t train at all.

North Melbourne
Daniel Pratt – Roos training staff are concerned over his constant shoulder injuries, and to make matters worse he picked up a hamstring niggle at December 15 training. Will be eased into contact drills during January.
Robbie Tarrant – Another shoulder victim but his prognosis is more favourable, with round 1 the target.
Adam Simpson – Three shoulders! Behind Pratt in his rehab by a week.
Ed Lower – This is just ridiculous, a fourth injured shoulder at Arden St. He’s progressed the furthest of the lot.
Jesse W. Smith – Was removed from the main group to build up his ankle via the method of dragging a weighted sleigh around the park in the last pre-Christmas session… no reports of whether he developed a shiny red nose and antlers.
Nathan Grima – The Roos are using the same modified program as Smith to help him back from his ACL.
Leigh Adams – Ditto.
Others in rehab groups doing running only included Drew Petrie, Josh Gibson, Andrew Swallow and Daniel Wells.

Port Adelaide
Steven Salopek – Is apparently the only Power player in doubt for round 1 with his achilles injury, according to the medical staff. New fitness coach Cameron Falloon has been quoted as saying he won’t play NAB Cup and may not be risked for the first game or two.
Chad Cornes – Was put in cotton wool on the recent Power training camp, restricted to cycling. Quite apart from the hand injury that ruined his 2008, his shoulder and knee problems are the ones giving him gyp at the moment. For such an important fantasy player, this is not good news.
Jonathan Giles – Rolled his ankle during the training camp, didn’t sound at all serious though.
Michael Pettigrew – Restricted to non-contact duties with his shoulder injury.
Warren Tredrea – Ditto.
Peter Burgoyne – Had “minor” ankle and shoulder surgery in the offseason and has been running through December.

Graham Polak – Obviously. 🙁
Richard Tambling – Seems to have recovered from what some feared was osteitis pubis earlier in the preseason. Still worth watching though.
Trent Cotchin – Has been having some problem with an achilles, allegedly due to “overtraining”. Should clear up over Christmas, you’d think.
Mark Coughlan – Has jumped through all hoops so far, touch wood.
Jay Schulz – Attending training but sitting on the sidelines with a compression bandage on his knee.
Kayne Pettifer – Running laps, which is at least something after his late ACL last season.
Others in the rehab group at last training included Jordan McMahon, Chris Newman, Daniel Connors, Robin Nahas and Alex Rance.

St Kilda
Jarryd Allen – Will miss most of 2009 with hip complaint.
Matt Maguire – Trained on the Gold Coast with the team before Christmas but a scheduled return to skills work after Christmas is not assured. Worth keeping a very close eye on for Super Coach with that troublesome foot.
Sean Dempster – Apparently ahead of schedule with the ACL he suffered in round 22, but with the injury happening that late it would be amazing if he was anywhere near fit enough to play in round 1.
Steven Baker – Doubtful for round 1 with his knee injury from round 19 of 2008.
Also in the lap-running group at the Gold Coast training were Max Hudghton, Nick Dal Santo, Sam Gilbert and Lenny Hayes.

Nic Fosdike – Seems to be indefinitely injured with that knee. A real shame in my opinion, as I had him pencilled in as a hot fantasy prospect.
Tadhg Kennelly – The Swans report on was very bullish about most of Sydney’s long injury list, including a prediction that Kennelly would be back in full training in January after groin adductor release surgery in September and then a shoulder reconstruction in October. Coach Eade’sRoos’ philosophy is to pay no respect to the NAB competition at all, so you’d expect to only hear of Kennelly playing in intra-club matches or maybe half of a NAB Challenge match if at all this preseason.
Adam Goodes and Craig Bolton – Both of these players went to Germany in September for “revolutionary” surgery to correct hernia-related groin problems. Hopefully they didn’t come back attached to each other’s groins. Both are also scheduled to return to full training this month.
Martin Mattner – His surgery on groin and hip didn’t require an international distress call, but he was up and running by late November and will be into contact drills with Goodes and Bolton.
The Sydney Swans rehab group is like a hospital ward with Michael O’Loughlin (ankle ligament tear), Heath Grundy (shoulder), Henry Playfair (ankle spur), Ted Richards (ankle spur) and Luke Ablett (knee arthroscope) all going under the knife in November and expected to be back training fully in January.

West Coast
Daniel Kerr and Brent Staker – Both sustained knee cartilage injuries late in the season and both have been very scarce at early training sessions. Kerr in particular is bobbing up now and then in Super Coach plan teams, so he’s worth keeping an eye on. Personally I wouldn’t touch him due to his disciplinary record, quite apart from his injury record, but a fair few of you are prepared to look past both problems, apparently.
Adam Hunter and Brett Jones – Both were booked in for knee surgery after round 15, while Hunter also had a shoulder reconstruction, and after the long layoff both are now training fully with the defender group.
Darren Glass – Played out the 2008 season with a strained left quadricep, and is back at training though he keeps getting toweled up by Mitchell Brown.
Chris Masten – Has been restricted to handball drills and in some sessions not shown up at all, after contracting osteitis pubis halfway through last season. He will no doubt be one to wait on for his NAB form.
Jamie McNamara – Had offseason knee surgery, though not much has been said about it.
Also in the rehab group at last training were Ashley Hansen, Josh J. Kennedy and Sam Butler.

Western Bulldogs
Tom Williams – Safely in the rehab group after shoulder and other problems plagued his 2008, and is apparently going very well in the running drills.
Robert Murphy – A textbook recovery after October knee surgery and should be fine for January training. Part of his rehab was getting married just before Christmas, so hopefully he doesn’t bang anything on his honeymoon. Bang anything on his knee, I mean! What?
Daniel Giansiracusa and Brian Lake – Both had hip operations well before Christmas. Gia is on track with Murphy while Lake is a little way behind and should resume mid-January.
Adam Cooney – His Brownlow celebrations were cut short by a knee op in mid-October, with a January return to training on the schedule.
Andrejs Everitt and Stephen Tiller – Both have had shin soreness and are being treated gently over the new year break.
Jarrad Boumann – Had shoulder surgery late in December and is now in the rehab group.
Sam Reid – Picked up a knock to the leg in December training and disappeared from the track for the next week.
Dylan Addison – Has spent the time since his knee injury halfway through the season bulking up in the gym and is participating in full training.
Other Bulldogs in the rehab group at last training included James Mulligan, Brennan Stack and Tim Callan, while Mitch Hahn and Cameron Wight were absent.

Phew, that’s a big post! Let me know what piques your interest from the above in the comments.



  1. Dazza

    January 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Monty, where’d you find this stuff? Is it just from the pre-season reports and various BF training wraps?

  2. m0nty

    January 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Yep, that’s it Dazza. Also some of the fan sites.

  3. Jimmy

    January 1, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Hey Monty,
    Just curious about Des Headland, the pre season report on states that he is training the house down but we all know that afl clubs talk certain players up. Do you think he should be considered for super coach this year because there isnt many medium priced forwards besides him and alwyn davey. whats your opinion?

  4. m0nty

    January 1, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I’m going to need to see Headland in the NAB, I think. There’s a huge amount of value in the forwards elsewhere, anyway. Two or three rookies could have great starts in the forward line, I reckon.

  5. Chad

    January 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Awesome stuff Monty. Under Sydney you have “Coach Eade’s” maybe edit that to coach Paul Roos.

    Haselby’s report doesn’t sound great 🙁 hope he can get it all together.

  6. m0nty

    January 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Ah yes, living in the past there. 🙂

  7. Other Dan

    January 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    This is fantastic Monty.

    Shame that a few of my so called ‘Locks’ for a starting spot are making an unwelcome appearance in this list (Haselby for one).

  8. Team_Lactose

    January 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Yerr not liking the sound of hodgey miss the first couple either. I think i will leave him in and ride in out but.

  9. Dunn - Well Done

    January 2, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Great work as always Monty. However after reading that i am doubting some of my pics as many seem to be doing rehab. C.Cornes, Sylvia, Buckley, Ellis, Haselby, Swallow, Headland, Newman, Gilbert, Cotchin, Pavlich and Dangerfield.

    Although i have read that Haselby, Headland and Swallow are all training extremely well.

    Does anyone know why Newman is at rehab??

  10. dylan

    January 2, 2009 at 2:13 am

    great report

    im amazed at how many ruck players get hip injuries, i thought they would have more problems with there knees then hips.

    a lot of players i was thinking of putting into my team r up there which is making me think a bit more about it.

    mcleod should be coming back without his knee brace when the training starts up again.

    do tiller and everitt have something like shin splints or just sore? everitt could be a alright pick but i have not thought about him much

    thanks for the great updates

  11. Ben

    January 2, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Adam Simpson – Three shoulders! Behind Pratt in his rehab by a week?
    Don’t you mean Aaron Edwards? Sorry just never heard Simpson did a shoulder probably am wrong just quering!

  12. m0nty

    January 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Yes, it’s Simpson with a shoulder, Ben. Edwards did his leg, not his shoulder.

  13. Chad

    January 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Dangerfield, Haselby and Newman and Gia are my players on that list. Dangerfield and Gia sound like they will be fine, dont know anything about Newman and Haselby is mixed reports. Bring on the Jan training reports and then into the NAB cup.

  14. Scuzzlebut

    January 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Geez – that’s a bunch of injuries. I have never followed the footy this early. Is it normal to have this many injuries or are there more injuries this year than normal?

    Also, do Essendon have ANY fit forwards and backs? I don’t see Myer or Hurley up there, so they could be good picks this year.

  15. Dazza

    January 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Scuzzlebut, it’s normal and you shouldn’t be panicking if one of your players misses a training or two. Although it obviously wasn’t ideal for him, Giansiracusa had no pre-seaon last year and produced career best numbers. The players you should worry about are those that don’t play in the NAB or are in doubt for RD 1.

  16. the dud

    January 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    by the time the nab is on, will they put the champion data stats of each game in the newspapers?

  17. ryz

    January 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    know hes not up there, but what you guys think bout charman?

  18. dylan

    January 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    mmm i forgot all about charman. i might put him in because i dont think i will put cox in to start with and hope he has a few dud weeks so he dros then i pick up on him

  19. ryz

    January 3, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    yeah, im not going with cox, going with the big peach, but charman they recon has a few injuries that have been bothering him, wanted a cheap-ish proven ruckman, not necessarily a dt-er but who else have brisbane got going on round there with looooooona out for a bit. as monty said, hard to get a word outta there, i been searching on everything

    he too much of a dud dt-er to go with at around 300k ish?

  20. dylan

    January 4, 2009 at 1:05 am

    yeah in my fan planner atm i have ottans and maric in my ruck.i think the only reason i have maric is because i go for adelaide and i think he can up his score.

    btw is the big peach Hale or McIntosh? i noticed mcintosh is pretty cheap and he could up his scores a lot because in the 07 season when he was uninjured he was getting some nice scores.

  21. ryz

    January 4, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    nah peaaaaach is petrie. doesnt really play ruck, and as im a hawthorn supporter notice alot that every time we play them he drops into the hole in front of buddy and gets like 10 marks a game. hale i think is a big gumby, and mac i dont rate very highly. maric was pretty serviceable towards the end of the season last near, not necessarily dt wise but was a presence..

    still, think charman might be worth it, for his 50-60 a game and will play every bar injury or suspension, just depends on these mysterious injuries

  22. dylan

    January 5, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    well atm i have Charman and McIntosh in my ruck, i dont plan to keep them both unless they both get a average of around 80 or otherwise i will wait for cox to drop in price and go for him when i can

  23. ryz

    January 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    think you could be asking a bit too much from them 2?

  24. dylan

    January 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    i probably am but if 1 of them does manage to be able to get an average of around 80 that will be great. if they both dont i will probably trade 1 of them to get cox because cox will probably get an average of 100 and if 1 is averaging 70 i will increase my team average by 30 which is very handy.

    but there r a few other rucks im looking at because ottans can get some very nice score, i just want to make sure he wont miss as many games as he did last season

  25. Chad

    January 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm,26547,24881616-5016212,00.html

    Andrejs Everitt on mend after glandular sickness

    WESTERN Bulldogs youngster Andrejs Everitt has had a setback in pre-season training after suffering a bout of glandular fever.

    The defender was diagnosed with the energy-sapping illness two weeks before Christmas, but test results yesterday showed he was on the mend.

    Bulldogs football manager James Fantasia said the illness had put Everitt, 19, behind in his pre-season schedule and he would remain on a light training program until the end of the month.

    “His (test) levels yesterday showed he was pretty much over it,” Fantasia said.

    “It has definitely slowed him down and put him back by three or four weeks. We’ll probably keep him on a lighter load for the next two or three weeks.”

  26. veeedict

    February 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    black has a broken hand. Will probably miss 4 to 6 weeks

  27. Tracy

    February 25, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Can anyone give me an update on Russell Robertson. I have him in my supercoach team, and so far I have heard that he will be back in the early rounds of the season, but probably not round 1. Can someone please confirm the real story for me please.

  28. Mick

    March 25, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Looks like Gumbleton and Egan are in strife again 🙁

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