The Swans will have to make do without one of their most important players for a significant period of the season.
Plus a Saints star has suffered a setback in his bid to return from injury.
Get all the latest injury news in Fox Footy’s AFL Casualty Ward.
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SYDNEY SWANS ruckman Tom Hickey will miss “about six weeks” with a medial strain, coach John Longmire has confirmed.
Hickey was subbed out of Thursday night’s loss to the Western Bulldogs with the complaint, which comes after a phenomenal 2021 season.
The injury means Port Adelaide recruit Peter Ladhams will play his first game for the club in round four.
Ladhams thrived in the VFL over the weekend, kicking a goal to go with 24 hitouts and 17 disposals.
“He’s done his medial. At this stage we expect it to be about 6 weeks, so he’ll be out for an extended period of time,” Longmire said of Hickey.
“I’d love to be proved wrong, but I’m told that’s not going to happen. He’s in a brace, the medial needs to stick, it’s a different injury so unfortunately we expect him to be out for that six week period.”
GEELONG recruit Jon Ceglar will miss a “big chunk of the season”, according to SEN’s Sam Edmund after the big man fractured his foot in the VFL.
Ceglar had scans on his left foot and now will have surgery on Monday. Teammate Sam Menegola was also injured in Saturday’s VFL clash.
Menegola suffered a head knock and is now sidelined under the concussion protocols.
Esava Ratugolea, who was subbed out late in the win over Collingwood, is reportedly a chance to face Brisbane on Friday night. His ankle injury is not as serious as first feared.
COLLINGWOOD’s Steele Sidebottom has been cleared to face West Coast on Saturday, despite suffering cramping against Geelong. The Magpies could also regain defender Jordan Roughead (shoulder) for the match after he returned to full contact training.
But Nathan Kreuger and Beau McCreery won’t be back for Round 4. Kreuger (shoulder) could return in Round 5 while McCreery is estimated to return in Round 6.
PORT ADELAIDE key forward Charlie Dixon has suffered another setback in his recovery from an ankle injury and could now miss the first half of the season.
Dixon had initially expected to return to the training track this month after ankle surgery, but this week underwent surgery to address scar tissue and will not be able to train for another month.
The 31-year-old suffered the initial injury at training in January.
RICHMOND defender Dylan Grimes is having scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of his hamstring injury, which has been described as a “standard type” by fitness boss Peter Burge.
Grimes was subbed out of Sunday’s loss to St Kilda with a hamstring injury, which looks set to keep him on the sidelines for the next three or so weeks.
Star forward Jack Riewoldt just needs to get through training on Thursday to be available for selection.
Gun midfielder Dion Prestia could return to the side as soon as this week after just two games out with a hamstring injury.
Nick Vlastuin won’t play in round four, but is set to return in round five from his hamstring injury, while Kane Lambert continues to make progress in his recovery from a hip complaint, although no timeline has been set for his return.
ADELAIDE could regain Rory Sloane for the clash with Essendon at Marvel Stadium.
Sloane missed the dramatic Showdown win with an adductor injury suffered against Collingwood.
“We decided to be conservative and not play him, but we expect him to train fully on Wednesday and if he gets through that then he will play on the weekend,” Crows high performance manager Darren Burgess said.
Andrew McPherson is set to return from his hamstring injury in good news for the club.
But Lachlan Murphy remains in doubt after the crude tackle that won him a free kick in the dying seconds of the match against Port Adelaide.
Murphy put his head over the ball in his first game back from neck surgery in December.
“We will monitor him during the week, we expect him to train and be available, but we’ll be super-cautious with Murph,” Burgess said.
ST KILDA midfielder/forward Jack Billings has suffered a setback in his bid to return from a hamstring injury.
Speaking after his side’s win over Richmond on Sunday, coach Brett Ratten told reporters the 26-year-old, who is yet to play a senior game this season, would take a little bit longer to return to the field.
“Jack’s had a bit of a setback. On Thursday it was and we wait to find out exactly where it sits with him,” he said.
“I’m tipping he’ll be more two to three than a week away. He’s just had a little bit of a setback with that hamstring.”
Speaking on SEN on Monday, Saints captain Jack Steele said there was “no real timeframe” on a return for Jones, who was granted a leave of absence from the club due to personal reasons ahead of the season.
Steele said Jones was “starting to build back into it” with training.
WEST COAST coach Adam Simpson is hopeful to have star midfielder Elliot Yeo back for the Round 6 clash with Port Adelaide.
Yeo was injured in a pre-season clash with Fremantle and hasn’t appeared in 2022. The premiership player was back on the training track this week, in good signs for the club.
“Yeo’s a couple of weeks,” Simpson said. “I don’t think he’d be available this week. Two weeks away hopefully.”
FREMANTLE are set to regain ruckman Sean Darcy for the Round 4 clash with GWS.
Stand-in coach Jaymie Graham said Darcy was “pretty close” to facing West Coast but was confident he’d be back this week.
Midfielder Caleb Serong (knee) is no guarantee to return after missing the Western Derby win.
GOLD COAST SUNS forward Izak Rankine is pushing for a round four return as he continues to work his way back from a corked quad.
“Izak began running again earlier this week and he’ll continue to increase his loads but will obviously need to tick a couple of recovery milestones off in an effort to be available for selection,” Suns fitness boss Lindsay Bull told the club website.