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Easton Wood
Out for month
DWestern Bulldogs
Hamstring
May 18, 2021
Wood is expected to miss a month with a strained hamstring, according to head of sports medicine Chris Bell.
ANALYSIS
Wood is a steady starter when healthy but his average of 11.3 disposals and 5.1 marks per game doesn't always make for great value.
Nathan Vardy
Could return in Round 10
RWest Coast Eagles
Foot
May 18, 2021
Vardy (foot) could return in Round 10 against GWS if he gets through training, according to GM Craig Vozzo.
ANALYSIS
Vardy missed Round 9 with a plantar fascia problem but could return this weekend. He offers little fantasy value as the backup ruck behind Nic Naitanui.
Liam Ryan
Close to return
FWest Coast Eagles
Shin
May 18, 2021
Ryan (shin) is a test to return for Round 10 against GWS, according to GM Craig Vozzo.
ANALYSIS
Ryan has been out for almost six weeks with a shin injury and is nearing a return right on schedule. He's not the most valuable for fantasy, as he only averages 10.8 disposals per game over each of the last two seasons.
Shannon Hurn
Slated to play
DWest Coast Eagles
Calf
May 18, 2021
Hurn (calf) is slated to play in Round 10 against GWS if he gets through training, according to GM Craig Vozzo.
ANALYSIS
Hurn hasn't played in over a month but did put up an impressive run with 129, 95 and 100 fantasy points in his three full appearances this season. He'll be a big boost for the Eagles if he returns.
Jeremy McGovern
Limited in training
DWest Coast Eagles
Knee
May 18, 2021
McGovern was limited in training due to a knee injury and will be a test for Round 10 against GWS, according to GM Craig Vozzo. "Light start to the week and see how he progresses through the week and hopefully he can get through main training."
ANALYSIS
McGovern is coming off his best game of the season with 22 disposals and 10 marks against Adelaide, so he'll hope this injury worry doesn't keep him out against the Giants.
Oscar Allen
Test for Round 10
FWest Coast Eagles
Elbow
May 18, 2021
Allen hurt his elbow in Round 9 against Adelaide but is expected to be available for Round 10 against GWS, according to GM Craig Vozzo. "He's tracking really well and I expect he'll get through training and be available to play.
ANALYSIS
Allen scored three goals in the same game in which he suffered this injury but was able to fight through it. He's scored as many as five goals in a single game this season but his recent form hasn't been as valuable with a recent high of 64 fantasy points in Round 9.
Ben Ronke
Could return in Round 11
FSydney Swans
Knee
May 18, 2021
Ronke (knee) could return in Round 11 against Carlton, according to the Swans' medical report.
ANALYSIS
Ronke has yet to play this season but isn't far off from returning for the sixth-placed Swans.
Daniel McKenzie
Has calf issue
DSt Kilda Saints
Calf
May 18, 2021
McKenzie is dealing with a calf issue and could miss a couple of weeks, according to AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
McKenzie hasn't played in almost a month and will be out for al little longer before he can return. His season-high of 96 fantasy points against West Coast is more than enough to make him a valuable pick when he's next healthy.
Brad Crouch
Expected to play in Round 10
MSt Kilda Saints
Head
May 18, 2021
Crouch is set for surgery on a fractured cheekbone but is still expected to be available in Round 10 against the Western Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Crouch took a big hit to his head against Geelong but was able to return to the game and collect 28 disposals. Given this news, he'll expect to play for a tough matchup with the 'Dogs.
Rowan Marshall
Out for month
RSt Kilda Saints
Foot
May 18, 2021
Marshall is expected to miss at least a month after undergoing surgery for a plantar fascia issue on his foot.
ANALYSIS
Marshall tends to serve as the primary ruck alongside Paddy Ryder but Ryder will now ned to lead the show without his running mate for the next month.
Harry Perryman
Out up to month
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
Hamstring
May 18, 2021
Perryman is expected to miss three or four weeks with a hamstring injury, according to Head of Medical Cullan Ball.
ANALYSIS
Perryman has only played six times this season due to a glandular fever and will now miss more games due to this injury. His season average of 22.7 disposals and 5.3 marks per game is more than enough to make an impact in fantasy, but his best fantasy output has been 101 points in a single game, so he's worth considering for a mid-tier value.
Toby Greene
Out for month
FGreater Western Sydney Giants
Shoulder
May 18, 2021
Greene is set to miss a month of footy after suffering a fracture in his shoulder, according to Head of Medical Cullan Ball.
ANALYSIS
Greene, the current captain while Stephen Coniglio is out, will now miss a month himself due to this injury. When healthy, Greene is certainly worth considering after scoring 22 goals and averaging 18.7 disposals per game in nine rounds.
Jack Bowes
Expected out for three weeks
DGold Coast Suns
Hamstring
May 18, 2021
Bowes is expected to miss the next three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in Round 9 against Brisbane, according to head physiotherapist Lindsay Bull. "(Bowes has) got a low-grade hamstring injury so will likely miss about three weeks."
ANALYSIS
Bowes is one of the most productive fantasy defenders on his day but he's only topped 100 points in one of the last five weeks. The depleted Suns will need a lot more defensive help, and Oleg Markov could see an uptick in his production without Bowes on the field.
Luke Dahlhaus
Expected to play
FGeelong Cats
General Soreness
May 18, 2021
Dahlhaus is excepted to play in Round 10 against Gold Coast after missing Round 9 due to a heavy collision, according to GM Simon Lloyd.
ANALYSIS
Dahlhaus has scored just three goals in eight matches this season and will hope to make his return after a one-week absence. His best performance of the season came with one goal and 87 fantasy points in Round 7 against Sydney.
Francis Evans
Close to returning
FGeelong Cats
Ankle
May 18, 2021
Evans (ankle) is nearing his return from a syndesmosis injury, per GM Simon Lloyd. "Evans had the syndesmosis ankle injury, he's progressing very well with his fitness and pending training throughout the week we expect him to go close to being available."
ANALYSIS
Evans hasn't played since Round 3 and his two-goal performance in Round 2 showed flashes of promise worth monitoring when he returns to the field.
Michael Frederick
Out three months
FFremantle Dockers
Ankle
May 18, 2021
Frederick (ankle) is expected to miss three months with a syndesmosis injury, per GM of Performance Joe Brierty. "We sought surgical advice and (Frederick) had a tightrope surgery late last week. That will put him out for around 10 to 12 weeks."
ANALYSIS
Frederick picked up the injury in Round 8 and it will take away a forward from a team that's struggled to score goals with any consistency. Frederick himself hasn't faired much better with five goals and 11 behinds to his name though seven matches this season.
Luke Ryan
Hopes to play
DFremantle Dockers
Calf
May 18, 2021
Ryan (calf) should be available for selection in Round 10 against Sydney if he can train well this week, according to GM of performance Joe Brierty.
ANALYSIS
Ryan has missed the last three weeks with this injury and shouldn't be out more than a week if he doesn't play Saturday. Before the injury, Ryan offered solid fantasy value with 113 and 91 points scored against Adelaide and North Melbourne.
Brayden Sier
To be assessed
MCollingwood Magpies
Hip
May 18, 2021
Sier is dealing with some bleeding in his hip and will be a test for Round 10 against Port Adelaide, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Sier hasn't been active in three straight matches and otherwise logged four consecutive appearances, scoring one goal. He'll be another useful depth piece upon his return to full fitness.
Trey Ruscoe
Out 1-2 weeks
MCollingwood Magpies
Shoulder
May 18, 2021
Ruscoe is expected to return in 1-2 weeks from a shoulder injury, according to High Performance Manager Kevin White.
ANALYSIS
Ruscoe has played just two times in the AFL this season and scored one goal. He'll likely be role player upon his return to the field.
Jack Martin
Should return in next two weeks
MCarlton Blues
Knee - PCL
May 18, 2021
Martin (knee) will be a test for Round 10 against Hawthorn but could be held back until Round 11 against Sydney, according to Director of High Performance Andrew Russell. "(Martin will) train on Thursday and we'll make a decision on whether he plays this week, or if we hold him over for the week after."
ANALYSIS
Martin scored three goals in his only appearance of the season back in March, so he'll be a nice boost for the Blues when he makes his return. HIs original injury was a PCL problem that has kept him out for close to the six weeks of his original recovery schedule.
Ryan Lester
Out two weeks
DBrisbane Lions
Hamstring
May 18, 2021
Lester (hamstring) is expected to miss two weeks according to his club's medical report.
ANALYSIS
Lester suffered the injury in his 150th game for the Lions and will now miss his first games of the season. Given his injury history throughout his career, Lester will hope this issue doesn't lead to more problems down the line.
Darcy Gardiner
Out three months
DBrisbane Lions
Shoulder
May 18, 2021
Gardiner is expected to miss 12 to 14 weeks after undergoing surgery on a dislocated shoulder, high performance manager Damien Austin announced Tuesday. "It will take between 12 and 14 weeks to recover so we hope (Gardiner) may be able to pay some football at the end of the season.''
ANALYSIS
Gardiner is more important to the Lions on the field than in fantasy with a season-high of 74 fantasy points in a single game. His absence will make Daniel Rich even more important as the top fantasy defender from this team.
Matthew Crouch
Out after new surgery
MAdelaide Crows
Groin
May 18, 2021
Crouch is set for surgery on his groin after an injury flared up, according to Head of Football Adam Kelly. A timetable on his return should be established after the operation if completed.
ANALYSIS
Crouch was close to returning from this injury but a recurring problem made surgery a necessity. While no timeline is set so far, Crouch could easily be out for a month or much longer and hope to make his season debut in June or July.
David Cuningham
Out remainder of season w/ ACL
FCarlton Blues
Knee - ACL
May 17, 2021
Scans have revealed that Cuningham suffered a ruptured ACL in his left knee in Carlton's 94-68 loss to Melbourne on Sunday and, subsequently, will miss the remainder of the 2021 season, AFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 24 year-old midfielder suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly during a contested mark in the first quarter of Sunday's match. Michael Gibbons was subbed in following Cuningham's exit and finished with nine disposals, four marks, four tackles and a single goal
Lachlan Jones
Probable for Round 10
DPort Adelaide Power
Ankle
May 16, 2021
Jones (ankle) is expected to return for Round 10 against Collingwood, AFL Ratings reports.
ANALYSIS
According to assistant coach Nathan Bassett, Jones is expected to return this week along with teammate Dan Houston (shoulder). In two matches this season, Jones has registered 34 disposals, 20 kicks, 14 handballs, eight marks and one assist. Getting the duo back figures to help out the Power defense.
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