Paddy Ryder
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Test to return
RSt Kilda Saints
Undisclosed
August 10, 2021
Ryder (Achilles) is listed as a test to return in Round 22 against Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Ryder still has a shot at playing in 2021 if he's able to recover in the next couple of weeks. In his absence, Rowan Marshall remains the featured ruck.
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Season in doubt
RSt Kilda Saints
Undisclosed
August 4, 2021
Ryder (undisclosed) will miss Round 21 versus Sydney and may be out for the year, per AFL Ratings.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what has hampered the ruck, but he hasn't topped 80 fantasy points in any of his last four appearances. Ryder's absence could still be a significant loss for St. Kilda at the end of the year if he's unable to return.
Logs 41 hitouts in loss
RSt Kilda Saints
May 22, 2021
Ryder logged 12 disposals (nine kicks, three handballs) and made 41 hitouts during Saturday's 144-33 loss to the Western Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Ryder won the positional battle against Jordon Sweet (41 hitouts to 16) but couldn't get much more going as the opposition had a firm control over the rest of the outcome. With Rowan Marshall still out for a few more weeks with a foot injury, Ryder's value should remain a little higher, and playing teams that are less talented than Western should help out as well.
Could play at VFL level
RSt Kilda Saints
Personal
April 20, 2021
Ryder (personal) could play at the VFL level this weekend, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Ryder has been out all season on personal leave and is nearing his return to the AFL level. With Rowan Marshall (foot) close to full fitness, the Saints could be set at ruck in the near future.
On indefinite personal leave
RSt Kilda Saints
Personal
March 16, 2021
Ryder is out on personal leave, per the league's official website.
ANALYSIS
Ryder seems to be healthy physically but isn't with the team to start the season. With Rowan Marshall (foot) also out, someone else will have to pick up the slack at ruck for potentially multiple weeks.
Takes part in practice match
RSt Kilda Saints
March 3, 2021
Ryder took part in a practice match versus North Melbourne, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Ryder underwent surgery on his hamstring last October but appears to be in good shape as the 2021 regular season approaches. Barring a setback of some kind, he should be in the team's Round 1 lineup and could be in line for ruckman duties with Rowan Marshall sidelined early in the season.