Dyson Heppell
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Returning Thursday
MEssendon Bombers
April 7, 2021
Heppell (back) will rejoin the lineup for Thursday's match versus the Swans.
ANALYSIS
Heppell trained over the weekend, so his inclusion in the lineup isn't exactly a shocking development and seemed well within the realm of possibility. He is slated to fill his usual role in the midfield and will start at centre alongside Kyle Langford and Brayden Ham.
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Trains over weekend
MEssendon Bombers
Back
April 6, 2021
Heppell (back) participated in training over the weekend and will be a test for Thursday's match against Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Heppell made strides in his recovery from back spasms during the holiday weekend and isn't far off from playing against Sydney this week or making a full return in Round 5. He recorded a solid 25 disposals and six marks in Round 1 against Hawthorn.
Unlikely to play in Round 3
MEssendon Bombers
Back
March 31, 2021
Heppell (back) is unlikely to play in Round 3.
ANALYSIS
It appears that Heppell is still nursing a back injury which will likely keep him out at least another week.
Late scratch Saturday
MEssendon Bombers
Back
March 26, 2021
Heppell was a late scratch for the Bombers against the Power due to back soreness and will be replaced by Martin Gleeson.
ANALYSIS
Heppell recorded 25 disposals and 13 kicks in Round 1 but will be unable to play Saturday due to a back issue. Gleeson will make his season debut against the Power in his place.
Headed for surgery on ankle
MEssendon Bombers
Ankle
September 11, 2020
Heppell will undergo surgery on his ankle to repair an issue with a screw inserted when he fractured it in June.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear how long the recovery will take, but, given that there is just one round remaining in the regular season beyond next week, it's unlikely Heppell will retake the field again in 2020.
Solid production in return
MEssendon Bombers
September 1, 2020
Heppell amassed 15 disposals (three kicks, 12 handballs), two marks and one goal in Tuesday's 60-45 loss to the Eagles.
ANALYSIS
Heppell returned for the Bombers after missing all but one game this season due to a broken ankle suffered in mid-June. He certainly made a difference for the Bombers but was unable to spark them to victory. Based on what we have seen in previous years, this should be viewed as Heppell's floor when it comes to productivity. The Bombers can still make the finals but would need to win all of their remaining games while relying on other results to go their way.