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Pre-season injury update

Tom Papley has been placed on the club's long term injury list.

With just two weeks until the first JLT Community Series match against North Melbourne in Coffs Harbour we provide an update on the status of some of our injured players.

A number of bright young stars will be on display in Friday’s intra-club match at Henson Park however Lance Franklin, Sam Naismith and Luke Parker have already been ruled out of the match.

Find below a HCF injury update with just a few weeks left of pre-season training.

Tom Papley (knee, 7 weeks): On the long-term injury list and no chance to play until at least round two.

Jeremy Laidler (left elbow, 3-4 weeks): Will struggle to see any action in the JLT Community Series after his surgery in late January.

Luke Parker (left knee, 1-2 weeks): The star midfielder should be back in full training in the next fortnight but is unlikely to be risked until at least the second or third game of the pre-season competition in March.

Alex Johnson (knee/hamstring, 2-3 weeks): Slowly making progress after a minor hamstring strain halted his recovery from a fifth knee reconstruction, and should be back with the main group in the next month with a bit of luck.

Dean Towers (appendix, 2 weeks): No hope of playing in this week's intra-club but a chance for game one of the JLT Community Series.

Callum Sinclair (knee, 2 weeks): The big man had knee issues last year but should be fit to play some footy during the pre-season competition.

Star forward Lance Franklin and ruckman Sam Naismith both had surgery on their left shoulders and are back training with the main group in non-contact work. Naismith is further behind as he had a plate inserted during his reconstruction, which required removal after the off-season break.