Who is the St Kilda medical staff spending their time on this week? Lets take a peak behind the emergency room curtain to find out who’s out and who’s in doubt for this weekend’s clash with the Pies.
JAKE CARLISLE (CONCUSSION) TEST.
The former Bomber was in fine form against the Dockers on Saturday night before his head and Nat Fyfe’s knee collided in the second quarter. Unable to return to the field after failing the concussion protocol testing, it would seem unlikely that he will be fit to play this weekend.
DARREN MINCHINGTON (KNEE) 1-2 WEEKS.
Initially expected to be on the sidelines for six weeks after injuring his knee in an intra-club match at Sandringham, the goal sneak is still listed as a 1-2 week proposition. Promising signs though, with Minchington able to complete a series of one-on-one training sessions in recent weeks.
BEN LONG – (FOOT) 10-12 WEEKS.
One of the Saints most improved and inform players in 2018, Ben Long had his season interrupted after reporting foot soreness after the Round Seven defeat against Melbourne. Upon investigation it was found that he had suffered a broken bone in his foot that, based upon initial estimates, would keep him out of action for 8-10 weeks. It was hoped at the time of the injury that the Rising Star Nominee would be available for senior selection not long after the midseason bye.
KOBY STEVENS and PADDY McCARTIN (CONCUSSION) TBC.
Concussion sidelines both Stevens and McCartin for an unknown period of time. Both players, Stevens after Round One and McCartin Round Seven, were initially cleared before displaying delayed symptoms. In fact, Stevens did not display symptoms until after Round Three, a fortnight after his head injury.
JOSH BRUCE (BACK) 3-4 WEEKS and DYLAN ROBERTON (HEART) SEASON.
Both Bruce and Roberton succumbed to injuries the week of the Geelong game. The key forward didn’t make the trip down the highway due to bone stress in his back expected to keep him on the sidelines of 8-10 weeks. Roberton was involved in one of the scariest moments of the season when he collapsed during the game against the Cats. His season has come to an end with the 26-year-old entering a 3-month monitoring period to examine the cause of his irregular heart-beat.
SAM GILBERT (LEG) and SHANE SAVAGE (RIBS) TEST
Neither player was listed as injured after the game but have been reported to be facing tests by some outlets. Both should be available for selection.
OPPOSITION HEALTH CHECK
James Aish (knee) — 6-8 weeks
Tim Broomhead (broken leg) — season
Jamie Elliott (hamstring) — TBC
Tyson Goldsack (knee) — season
Kayle Kirby (heart issue) — indefinite
Brayden Maynard (ankle) — test
Scott Pendlebury (ankle) — test
Darcy Moore (hamstring) — TBC
Tom Phillips (concussion) — test
After four games in 20 days the Pies, with a number of young guns facing tests during the week to be cleared to play, could well be ripe for the picking if the Saints can bring their A-Game on Saturday night. Only time will tell but they appear, on paper anyway, the Saints best chance for a win in a number of weeks.