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Sam Sheldon suffers glandular fever

Glandular fever for Sheldon

I missed this on the first run through of the forums for the injury report, but apparently new Brisbane coach Michael Voss has let slip that small forward Sam Sheldon has contracted glandular fever and has been sent back to Melbourne to recuperate, with a “best case scenario” of a midyear return to football. Who, you might ask? Well, he was a fantasy smokie that several coaches were keeping their eyes on, especially me! 🙁

I had included Sheldon in my round 1 team projections post without comment, as I had heard that he was a strong prospect for early games but didn’t want to publicise my source. I had projected him as a centre for fantasy purposes but he was a strong chance to be classified as a forward, as that was one possible role for him in the new Voss-authored Brisbane structure.

The report came via BigFooty, from reliable Lions fan TheBrownDog, and I would have no reason not to think it’s authentic.

Was revealed by Voss at the AGM that Sammy has suffered a pretty major setback.

Is currently back home in Melbourne recovering from a pretty bad case of glandular fever and has lost a considerable amount of weight. He is being managed very cautiously(I imagine to avoid possible relapses or even worse, developing into chronic fatigue syndrome).

Best case scenario is a mid 2009 return to playing action. Feel bad for the kid, he showed a lot of commitment and self-belief by nominating a year before Carlton were willing to draft him, he deserves some good luck.

The bits about him losing weight are terrible news, as it means he’s probably going to be shut down for the year, with his body losing all the conditioning that the fitness staff would have worked into him. Oh well, back to the drawing board to look for another smokie!



  1. Chad

    January 3, 2009 at 10:36 am

    “Oh well, back to the drawing board to look for another smokie!”

    how about a get well soon in there Monty 😉 I feel for this lad more than i do for someone that acquired their injury by not looking both ways before crossing a street.

  2. m0nty

    January 3, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Of course, that goes without saying Chad.

  3. ETOH

    January 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Mid 2009 return is a bit hopeful…..Glandular’s a killer, took me ~2 years to feel ~75%, but then i did have a Dr that didnt know his head from his ar*e.

  4. Team_Lactose

    January 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    A very good freind of mine who is (was) extremely fit got hit by this is March and he is still not right. Lost a good 14kgs. He was an East fremanle development player.

  5. Chad

    January 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Great blog again Monty, keep em coming. Only a month to go till NAB cup 🙂

  6. Dan

    January 4, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Is Sheldon the reason they got rid of Corrie?

    Reckon they might be spewing now?

  7. Dan

    January 4, 2009 at 1:05 am

    m0nty, regarding rd 1 team projections, who misses out now that Cousins is in?

  8. TRS

    January 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Conversely, I had glandular fever in 2006, confirmed by blood test, and it was treated with short duration (ie. two periods of three days) Prednisolone which all but eliminated the symptoms within 48 hours. I have had chronic fatigue syndrome previously (2000) but didn’t relapse due to my GP’s great work.

    By his reckoning, the sooner you knock the symptoms on the head, the less it takes out of you and the sooner you recover fully. It sounds as though Sheldon is already suffering quite badly though given he’s lost all this weight, so I wish him all the best for a return to good health.

  9. PoOs

    January 14, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Tom Rockliff might be up for some game time now.

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