Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services Damian Raper casts his eye over the current injury list and provides an update on Lewis Melican and Chad Warner's rehabilitation progress.
Review of Round 18 v GWS Giants
We generally got through the game reasonably well. We had Dylan Stephens and James Rowbottom, who backed up after the VFL game and were required to play AFL on Sunday. They got through the game without any issues which is fantastic to see and a really good effort from both those young boys.
We did have a couple of knocks, however, with Tom Hickey receiving a big knock to the ribs but there was no significant damage done off the back of that, and then also Nick Blakey who rolled his ankle late in the fourth quarter. It's pulled up quite well, better than expected, so there's no risk for the game this weekend.
Update on players in isolation
Callum Mills, Callum Sinclair, Harry Cunningham and Colin O'Riordan are currently in isolation and they have a program around them with a large strength focus and doing some 'off legs' conditioning. We're really confident in the program that our conditioning team has put around them, and hopefully they will be available for selection once they leave isolation.
It's been a really challenging rehab period for Lewis Melican. He initially started with a hamstring strain and off the back of that he developed some Achilles tendon pain as well. Fortunately, both injuries have fully recovered now and he's expected to play in our VFL game, if it goes ahead, this weekend.
Chad is finally back in training and doing a lot of conditioning based work. He's back training with the team and getting his running loads back up to the point where we expect him to return play in the next fortnight.
Returns of Sam Reid and Braeden Campbell
Both Sam and Braeden played in the VFL game on the weekend against Gold Coast Suns. They were both on limited minutes but each went really well given the conditions - it was warm and windy, but both went well, and they will be available for selection this weekend.