Darcy Gardiner
DefenderD
Out
Injury Shoulder
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.
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Hurts shoulder in win
DBrisbane Lions
Shoulder
May 15, 2021
Gardiner suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday's Round 9 win over Gold Coast, according to the AFL.com match report.
ANALYSIS
Gardiner has played just five times this season due to other injury issues and he'll hope that this new problem doesn't knock him out for long. His season-high of 74 fantasy points in a game isn't enough to make him a substantially important loss.
Off injury list
DBrisbane Lions
May 4, 2021
Gardiner is no longer on the Lions' injury list, Michael Whiting of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Gardiner missed Round 7 due to a concussion but appears to have cleared the necessary hurdles and should b in the frame for inclusion this week. He's averaging 13.0 disposals and 4.7 marks for the season entering Round 8.
Out with concussion
DBrisbane Lions
Concussion
April 27, 2021
Gardiner is set to miss Round 7 after suffering a concussion during Round 6 against Carlton, according to his team's medical report.
ANALYSIS
Gardiner should be back within a couple weeks at the least as long as he's successfully passed the league's 12-day concussion protocol. When fully involved, Gardiner has shown some promise to be useful after recording 22 disposals and seven marks in Round 4 against the Western Bulldogs.
Expected to play in practice match
DBrisbane Lions
March 25, 2021
Gardiner (knee) played in a VFL match Saturday and is expected to get another match at that level this weekend.
ANALYSIS
Gardiner underwent offseason knee surgery and has needed the first two Rounds to build up his fitness. With a favorable performance this weekend, Gardiner could be back in the next few weeks.
Will miss Round 1
DBrisbane Lions
Knee
March 2, 2021
Gardiner underwent a procedure to clean up his knee during the offseason and won't be available for Round 1 versus West Coast, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Gardiner's knee injury dates back to late in the 2020 season but the cleanup procedure occurred in the offseason to help get it back on track. While he will miss the opener, Gardiner is expected to be back soon after and could be set for a VFL practice match.