Liam Jones left the MCG in a neck brace and in an ambulance on Saturday evening however may but play for the Western Bulldogs this weekend.
However his teammate Rory Lobb will miss the conflict with St Kilda after minor surgical procedure on his ankle on Monday, following an underwhelming debut for his membership.
Lobb, who crossed from Fremantle to be a part of the ultra-tall Bulldogs ahead line, had arthroscopy and received’t be out for “too lengthy”.
“Rory Lobb has developed some catching ache in his ankle, regarding some small unfastened our bodies within the joint which have intermittently brought on him points in the previous couple of years,” Bulldogs’ head of sports activities drugs, Chris Bell mentioned.
“To minimise threat of him having recurrent points, we’ve got determined to be proactive and wash the unfastened our bodies out with an ankle arthroscopy this afternoon.”
“We’ll decide Rory’s return to play plan following the process, however don’t anticipate it to maintain him out for too lengthy.”
Jones was despatched to hospital for scans throughout the loss to Melbourne after an incident within the second quarter.
He was put in a neck brace and stretchered into an ambulance as a matter of precaution however the scans revealed no problem and he may but line up towards the Saints.
“Liam Jones suffered a heavy influence to his head that brought on his neck to overstretch,” Bell mentioned.
“Instantly following, he had some referred ache and spasm into his shoulder. With any damage of this nature, we have to make it possible for we clear any severe structural harm – so Liam was despatched to hospital for scans.”
“These scans got here again with constructive outcomes.”
“As anticipated Liam nonetheless has some ache and muscle spasm related to the damage, so we’re working additional time to get him again on monitor and can decide his availability because the week progresses.”
North Melbourne must recall veteran ruckman Todd Goldstein, who was ignored for the opening spherical, after Tristan Xerri was despatched for surgical procedure to restore a proper ankle syndesmosis damage suffered in his staff’s win over West Coast.
“That is disappointing information for Tristan after an impressive pre-season. Everybody on the membership was trying ahead to seeing him evolve as a ruckman and construct on his sport,” North Melbourne normal supervisor of soccer Todd Viney mentioned.
“As soon as surgical procedure is accomplished tomorrow, the membership can have extra readability round Tristan’s rehab plan.”
At Geelong key defender Tom Stewart solely faces a brief stint on the sidelines after avoiding a severe knee damage.
Stewart needed to be substituted out of final Friday evening‘s loss to Collingwood on the MCG after injuring his proper knee, which some critics urged was a results of the bottom’s newly laid turf.
Sans confirmed he suffered a grade two medial collateral ligament (MCL) damage and the the Cats anticipated Stewart to solely be sidelined for a short while.
“Whereas disappointing Tom sustained an damage in final Friday evening‘s sport, following scans it was pleasing information the damage just isn’t extreme sufficient to maintain sidelined long run,” Geelong soccer boss Simon Lloyd advised the membership’s web site.
“We anticipate Tom to return to the line-up within the brief time period.”
The AFL Gamers Affiliation confirmed it obtained “assorted” suggestions on the state of the MCG floor, which was relaid following an Ed Sheeran live performance earlier than internet hosting 5 video games within the opening spherical.
“We spoke to the AFL forward of Thursday evening’s opening match concerning the state of the bottom and have been assured it had handed all checks,” AFLPA normal supervisor of stakeholder relations Brett Murphy mentioned
“We’ve got spoken to gamers from the eight competing groups from the weekend to grasp any issues concerning the floor. The suggestions we obtained was assorted, with some gamers noting that sections of the bottom have been slippery and inconsistent from different elements of the bottom.
“We’ve got supplied this suggestions to the AFL, who’ve dedicated to offering us with the report from this week’s inspection. We perceive steps can be taken to proceed to enhance the situation and consistency of the bottom.”