It was a night of injury carnage at Giants Stadium, followed by a graphic injury on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
Plus West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern has been taken to hospital after sustaining a nasty rib injury in the loss to Geelong.
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GOLD COAST young gun Wil Powell won’t play again in 2022 after suffering a horrific leg injury.
Powell was taken down awkwardly in a tackle near the boundary line midway through the third quarter.
His foot was bent completely the wrong way, with Powell seen to be in severe pain immediately. He required the green stick for pain relief.
The graphic nature of the injury meant it was only shown once on TV and play was eventually stopped so the medi-cart could remove Powell from the ground.
“Oh, NO! That is horrific,” Dwayne Russell said on Fox Footy.
“That’s an awful injury,” Dermott Brereton added.
“That leg is turned at right angles from where it should be. That’s horrible.”
On Monday, scans revealed the substantial damage Powell suffered with a fractured and dislocated ankle.
“It was a pretty severe injury,” Suns footy boss Wayne Campbell said.
“He spent the night in hospital last night, will be operated on today and will spend a couple more nights in hospital.
“He’s tough and he’s much-loved and we’re looking after him as best we can.
“We’ll put him through a rehab process and are really confident in our medical and high performance department to get him back, but he’ll sit out the rest of the year and we’ll get him up and going for pre-season next year.”
At the same time as Powell’s injury, Connor Budarick suffered a hamstring injury which forced him out of the game.
On Saturday, it was a night of carnage at Giants Stadium between the WESTERN BULLDOGS and GWS GIANTS with several injury blows.
Cody Weightman, who booted five goals in the first half, dislocated his elbow in the third quarter after landing heavily on the joint in gruesome scenes.
The exciting forward then had his elbow strapped up and returned to the field, with Dogs coach Luke Beveridge hopeful the setback wasn’t serious.
“It was a nasty injury. He was brave and he came back on. It’s pretty swollen,” Beveridge told reporters.
“Hopefully it settles down quickly.
“He fought the good fight in the second half, and kept the legs ticking over for us. He was pivotal to us winning the game.”
On Monday the club confirmed Weightman had escaped bone damage and could still play this weekend.
“Scans have confirmed that he has damaged some ligaments, but the bone structure of the joint is okay,” Chris Bell, head of sports medicine, said. “We will work through a process with Cody this week to determine when he returns to play.”
Tim English won’t feature against Hawthorn after suffering delayed concussion symptoms.
English’s head slammed into the turf in a Braydon Preuss tackle – which resulted in the big Giant copping his third ban for the season.
But the club did not reveal if that tackle, or another incident was to blame for English’s symptoms.
“Tim was involved in some heavy impact incidents throughout the game,” Bell said.
“He was fine during the game, but developed a headache afterwards. Yesterday, Tim developed some signs and symptoms that are consistent with a delayed concussion.
“He will now enter our concussion protocols, and won’t play this weekend.”
English missed a month of footy in 2021 after suffering a heavy concussion in a collision with teammate Aaron Naughton.
“Always wanting to be conservative in this space, Tim will work with our doctor over the next couple of days to determine his return-to-play plan.”
Taylor Duryea exited the clash with GWS in the early stages of the contest after suffering a knee injury.
The club says he could miss up to two months with an MCL injury.
In the same game Giants ruckman Braydon Preuss was subbed out in the first quarter with an ankle issue to continue his troublesome run with injuries, while it came after fellow big man Matt Flynn (quad) being a late withdrawal.
And two more Giants failed to see out the game in James Peatling (hamstring tightness) and debutant Ryan Angwin (ankle).
Giants caretaker coach Mark McVeigh said it was unlikely Preuss would be available for next week’s clash against Collingwood.
“That‘s a big blow for him because he was ill before the mid-season break and he’s fought back, played good footy in the VFL and for that to happen is really disappointing,” McVeigh said of Preuss post-match.
“We don’t know where it will land, but you’d have to think he’s in doubt. He’ll be extremely disappointed because he wants to give back to the footy club who have shown a lot of faith in him and he was doing everything right.
“As a footballer these things happen but you’ve got to find a way to get through them and we’ll support him and he’ll be OK. Let’s hope it’s on the lesser end.”
MELBOURNE backup ruckman Majak Daw will be unable to cover for his injured captain, suffering a torn pec.
Daw is expected to miss roughly a month with the injury, coach Simon Goodwin told reporters on Monday.
It means Luke Jackson will likely shoulder a significant amount of the responsibilities in the ruck, as the 20-year-old continues contract negotiations for a deal beyond 2022.
That’s especially with Max Gawn to miss two to four weeks with a syndesmosis injury.
The Dees will also be without youngster Daniel Turner who will undergo surgery on facial fractures.
Turner was injured on debut in a head clash with Collingwood’s Jamie Elliott.
“The clash with Jamie Elliott also caused Turner a concussion, but the facial injury is what will keep him out of action for the next three to four matches,” the club said in a statement.
WEST COAST defender Jeremy McGovern remains in Royal Perth Hospital, two days after a heavy collision with Geelong’ Jeremy Cameron left him lying in “serious pain” on the Optus Stadium turf.
McGovern was taken to hospital before the match ended on Saturday, with scans later confirming he suffered broken ribs in the contest.
According to the club, McGovern will undergo surgery to have a plate inserted on Monday after describing his rib injury as “significant”.
“McGovern is receiving the best care and is in a stable condition,” the club said in a statement.
Trainers had rushed to McGovern’s aid as he struggled to get to his feet, before he was assisted from the ground in the second term and subbed out.
“Looks like it’s a pretty big knock to the ribs. You go to hospital, they’re probably broken. Broken, fractured, there’s not a lot of difference to be honest,” coach Adam Simpson said post-match.
“They’re bloody sore.”
Simpson’s hope that McGovern could front up against Essendon on Friday night has been dashed.
“He’s had plenty of knocks over his time, he’s pretty brave. He plays hurt all the time,” Simpson said.
“For him not to get up like that, he’s pretty sore.
“A lot of guys play with broken ribs and fractured ribs. He’s done it plenty of times before. But that looked like a pretty bad one.”
RICHMOND will be without Noah Balta and Trent Cotchin in Round 15, while defender Robbie Tarrant is in a race to prove his fitness after having a plate put in to his hand.
Tarrant cracked a knuckle in his hand in the opening minutes of the win over Carlton and battled on.
He’s since had “minor surgery” to have the plate put in to reinforce the knuckle.
“He’s a chance to play this week because we do have a longer week given the nine-day break. We’ll make an assessment later in the week as to his availability, but it’s looking more positive by the day and Robbie’s pretty tough,” Tigers physical performance manager Peter Burge said.
But Cotchin will miss after scans revealed a crack in his collarbone.
The club said the midfielder suffered the injury trying to lay a tackle, with Cotchin now needing surgery.
“It’s showed he has a little crack in there which needs surgical repair and a plate put in there. So, he’s having that done in the next day or so,” Burge said.
“He’ll miss this week and we’ll reassess beyond this week as to what that means. It’s a little bit unfortunate, but we’ll get him back as soon as we can.”
The club listed Balta’s hamstring injury as “very minor” and said the big man was already back running at training on Monday.
But a timeframe was not put on his return, given his history of hamstring issues.
“It’s to the same leg as his previous injury a few weeks ago, but it is in a different spot. So, it’s pretty frustrating for him and for us,” Burge said.
“There is probably some link there somewhere with his reconditioning, so we’re going to have to go back and do a little bit more work in the gym with his strength-specific work and his hamstring conditioning as well as the functional movements.”
The Blues will have to find another defender after mid-season recruit Sam Durdin suffered a knee injury in that same match.
Dustin Martin should return after illness kept him out of the Blues win.
ESSENDON’s Andy McGrath won’t head west to face West Coast this week after scans revealed the extent of his adductor injury.
McGrath returned for the win over St Kilda, after missing the loss to Carlton with the same injury, but experienced tightness late in the contest.
“He had some adductor tightness and awareness late in the game, in the similar area to what he has recently been experiencing which is why he got scanned on Saturday morning,” Bombers general manager of football Josh Mahoney said.
“He won’t be available for next week’s game against West Coast, but we will closely monitor his recovery before making an assessment on his availability for the week following.”
PORT ADELAIDE youngster Brynn Teakle will be sidelined for at least six weeks after breaking his collarbone in the win over Sydney.
Teakle, the Power’s Mid Season draftee from WA, certainly made an impression on debut before his bump on Swan Justin McInerney went wrong.
“We should acknowledge that Brynn in his first game in 14 days has the impact that he does. He plays tough and hard and cops a broken collarbone,” coach Ken Hinkley said.
“He’s got enough spunk about him that he’s coming off at halftime (injured with his arm in a sling) saying ‘that was the best 35 minutes ever’.”
The club confirmed Teakle spent Saturday night in hospital before surgery on Sunday to repair his collarbone.
“Brynn Teakle is recovering well after having surgery to repair his collarbone,” the statement read.
“He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.”
Hinkley also confirmed Zak Butters would be sidelined with a knee injury. But scans later showed good news for the youngster.
Butters sprained the medial ligament in his knee when his opponent landed awkwardly on his leg in the clash with Sydney.
“The 21-year-old will not face Gold Coast on Sunday and a timeline for his return to the field will become clearer as the week progresses,” the club said.
FREMANTLE youngster Josh Treacy won’t be available for selection after suffering an ankle injury in the WAFL last weekend.
The big forward lasted just two minutes of the Peel Thunder’s match before being assisted from the field.
“He sustained a high-grade lateral ligament injury in his ankle and also some bone bruising,” Dockers footy boss Peter Bell said.
“There is a lot of swelling there which is making it a little bit harder to diagnose as well, but that’s what we think the damage is.
“He will be slow going for, hopefully, a few days and then we are hoping he might be available in a couple of weeks.”