NATHAN FREEMAN (SHOULDER) 3-4 WEEKS
The long-awaited AFL debut of Nathan Freeman was again delayed with the talented midfielder suffering a shoulder injury during Sandringham’s defeat at the hands of Richmond. Initial scans seem to be positive with the club hopeful that the injury will only sideline the former Magpie for 3-4 weeks rather than worst-case scenarios that carried 8-12 week timeframes.
y PADDY McCARTIN and JAKE CARLISLE (CONCUSSION) TEST
The club is reportedly very confident that both Carlisle and McCartin will be available for selection against the Premiers. Carlisle’s return will be especially timely given the number of experienced defenders expected to be missing this weekend and beyond.
NATHAN BROWN (KNEE) 4-6 WEEKS
Speaking of those missing defenders, Brown strained his medial ligament in the loss against the Pies on Saturday night and is expected to miss at least four weeks.
BLAKE ACRES (GROIN) and SAM GILBERT (THUMB) FIVE WEEKS
Given neither man’s injury was mentioned by the club, immediately after or, in the week following the Fremantle loss their absence against Collingwood cames as a surprise. The club is hopeful that both will be available to play Melbourne in the week after the bye.
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.
DYLAN ROBERTON (HEART) and KOBY STEVENS (CONCUSSION) INDEFINITE
There is no expected return date for Koby Stevens who is suffering the effects of a delayed concussion. Stevens was initially cleared to play after suffering a head knock in Round One but has remained unavailable since displaying delayed symptoms before Round Three. 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 heartbeat.
JOSH BRUCE (BACK) THREE WEEKS
There was good news for the Saints in relation to the back injury suffered by Josh Bruce, with Saints Physio Andrew Wallis is quite bullish about his recovery. On the club website, he expressed his view that the forward is coming along well and could be back on the park in as few as three weeks.
OPPOSITION HEALTH CHECK
Nathan Drummond (hamstring) 1-2 weeks
Shaun Hampson (back) TBC
Dion Prestia (calf) 1 week
Shai Bolton (corked quad) TBC
In terrible news for the Saints, the Premiers come into the Round Ten Clash at almost full strength. After their loss to West Coast last week they will be hungry to get back on the winners list and will provide a torrid test for the Saints who are still to taste victory since round one.