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Dream Team Medical Room: Round 12

Jakub, our physio man from the west, is back with a look at the DT relevant injuries that we are faced with ahead of Round 12. Aaron Sandilands big toe is the big story of the week, what should you be doing with him? Will the turf toe keep him out for long? See what Jakub has to say!

Another week and another set of injuries, and none of them is bigger or more serious than Aaron Sandilands big toe! I’m sure you will all join me in saying that this year the ruck situation has been an absolute shambles. Coming into the year all that DT coaches needed to decide was whether to go with two premium ruckmen or just the one with three rookies. What could go wrong? One by one the big men have fallen, all taken by the great ruck curse of 2012! Now everyone had just started breathing a collective sigh of relief: with Redden and Big O getting named and with the rise of the new mulleted golden boy in one Ivan Maric, things were finally looking up in the ruck department. And then the curse strikes again.

From an outsider’s POV Sandilands was a big risk from the get go. Turf toe aka 1st metatarsophalangeal joint sprain has a nasty habit or reoccurring and even turning chronic and with Sandilands looking at preserving the rest of his career it’s a 10 week rest on the sidelines. Maric is the first name that should spring to mind to replace Big S, however do not overlook the old fox Dean Cox as he has had his bye and will save you a donut if picked up this week. If you’re looking at more POD then you can’t go past Sandilands sidekick Griffin. With Sandilands out last year he played some top-shelf DT football and with another year under his belt the former Adelaide kid is ready to step up. Again on the curse: Carlton’s ever growing injury list continues with the addition of Robert Warnock who sustained a hip injury on the weekend. Hips can be very tricky and with a bye one week away does Carlton have the luxury of being cautious? On a positive note just as predicted Scotland is back early from his mysterious calf injury as is his partner in crime Andrew Carrazzo. Maybe Carlton’s cloud is starting to develop a silver lining?

Zaharakis is the next DT relevant player to go down this (or should I say last?) week. Making a tough time even harder a training ground injury will see Zaha out for anywhere from 4-6 week. Zaharakis has done his quad participating in a kicking drill and club doctors have said he will miss at least four games. Does this factor in the bye? We don’t know but with the quads being the primary source of power for kicking and sprinting and with a re-injury or full tear meaning likely surgery and 12+ weeks out. With this in mind I don’t expect to see Zaharakis back too soon. Think an Adam Goodes like timeframe. Speaking of whom, Goodsey will be back very soon and is a contender for Zaharakis spot if you have the patience. Otherwise look towards Collingwood and Geelong if you need any ideas. Didaks poor run of injuries continues as he has fully torn one of his adductor muscles. Reports say he is lucky and will avoid injury, but a grade 3 muscle tear is 8-10 weeks plus+. Still on Collingwood expect to see Shaw back after the bye but again unfortunately I think Pendlebury will be warming our benches for a few more games (expected return round 14/15)

Jroos ankle had him looking in all kinds or trouble, however ankles often look worse than they are (think of JK...oh wait). The only cause for concern is that Richmond play GWS and it would make since to rest your key forward and not risk long term injury going into a nothing game. In saying so I think all of Richmonds remaining games are considered must wins, so we will have to wait and see if Jroo gets up. Finally Campbell Brown took a knock to the leg but his cork should not affect his foreseeable playing future.

And that rounds it up. The injury list below is from and the Herald Sun. Some timeframes may differ slightly to official individual club releases and people with inside knowledge. So do some research before pulling the trigger.

Remember for all your Perth Physiotherapy needs : Contact Jakub at Mount Pleasant Physiotherapy on (08) 9315 3855 or email                                    Booking with Jakub



David Mackay (hamstring) available
Jarryd Lyons (foot) 2-3 weeks


Todd Banfield (leg) 2 weeks
Matthew Leuenberger (Achilles) 2 weeks
Brent Staker (knee) season
Simon Black (knee strain) 1 week
Ash McGrath (knee) test
Billy Longer (back) test


Robbie Warnock (hip) test
Bret Thornton (gluteal strain) 1 week
Heath Scotland (calf) available
Jarrad Waite (back) 3 weeks
Levi Casboult (knee) 3 weeks
Jeremy Laidler (knee) 3 weeks
Nick Heyne (hamstring) 3 weeks
Andrew Carrazzo (shoulder) available
Marcus Davies (shoulder) 5 weeks
Marc Murphy (shoulder) 3-4 weeks
Simon White (knee) 10 weeks
Sam Rowe (testicular cancer) indefinite


Luke Rounds (calf) test
Ben Reid (quad) test
Heath Shaw (calf) 1 week
Scott Pendlebury (leg) 2-3 weeks
Alan Didak (Groin) TBA

Lachie Keeffe (knee) Season
Ben Johnson (shoulder) Indefinite
Andrew Krakouer (knee) Indefinite
Brent Macaffer (knee) Indefinite
Josh Thomas (foot) Indefinite
Luke Ball (knee) Season


David Hille (shoulder) test
David Zaharakis (quad) 4 weeks
Jason Winderlich (hamstring) unavailable
Brent Prismall (knee) indefinite


Nat Fyfe (shoulder) 6 weeks
Josh Mellington (hamstring) 4 weeks
Antoni Grover (knee) 2 weeks
Aaron Sandilands (turf toe) 10 weeks


Allen Christensen (concussion) test
Travis Varcoe (foot) test
James Podsiadly (hip) test
Jordan Murdoch (finger) indefinite
Nathan Vardy (hip) indefinite
Josh Cowan (achilles) indefinite
Daniel Menzel (knee) season


Jack Hutchins (quad) test
Jarrod Harbrow (fractured elbow) 3-4 weeks
Charlie Dixon (cheekbone) 3-4 weeks
David Swallow (knee) 4-5 weeks
Dan Gorringe (Achilles) indefinite
Nathan Bock (leg) season
Campbell Brown (knee) TBA


Dean Brogan (wrist) test
Josh Bruce (back) test
Stephen Clifton (knee) 1 week
Israel Folau (hamstring) test
Josh Growden (leg) 4 weeks
Adam Kennedy (shoulder) test
Anthony Miles (knee) 1 week
Setanta O’hAilpin (knee) season
Rhys Palmer (groin) test
Jonathon Patton (knee) test
Liam Sumner (foot) 4 weeks


Jarrad Boumann (appendix) 1 week
Jordan Lewis (suspension) 1 week
Chance Bateman (shoulder) 2 week
Luke Hodge (knee) 2 weeks
Will Langford (shoulder) 3 weeks
Broc McCauley (elbow) 5-6 weeks
Max Bailey (wrist) TBC
Xavier Ellis (knee) TBC
Michael Osborne (knee) season
Alex Woodward (knee) season


Clint Bartram (knee) test
James Strauss (leg) test
Leigh Williams (virus) test
Liam Jurrah (ankle) 3-4 weeks
Neville Jetta (ankle) 4-6 weeks
Michael Evans (back) 6-8 weeks
Rory Taggert (back) indefinite
Max Gawn (knee) season


Scott McMahon (illness) indefinite
Hamish McIntosh (knee) 5-6 weeks
Lindsay Thomas (soreness) available
Kieran Harper (leg) TBA


Travis Boak (foot) 3-4 weeks
Robbie Gray (knee) season
Jasper Pittard (hamstring) 1 week
Tom Jonas (knee) test
Nick Salter (foot) 2 week
Mitch Banner (knee) test


Jake King (suspension) available
Jack Riewoldt (ankle) doubtful
Nathan Foley (bruised heel) test
Dylan Grimes (hamstring) 3 weeks
Brad Helbig (foot) indefinite


Sam Fisher (hamstring) test
Jarryn Geary (fractured eye socket) test
Ben McEvoy (knee) test
Ahmed Saad (concussion) test
Jimmy Webster (shin) 1 week
Rhys Stanley (hamstring) 3 weeks


Adam Goodes (torn quad) 2-3 weeks
Gary Rohan (leg) season
Luke Parker (collarbone) 7 weeks
Nick Smith (knee) TBA


Bradd Dalziell (knee) 2 weeks
Andrew Embley (shoulder) 5 weeks
Josh Kennedy (ankle) 6 weeks
Mark LeCras (knee) season
Mark Nicoski (hamstring) 3 weeks


Lukas Markovic (hamstring) 1 week
Jason Johannisen (knee) 1-2 weeks
Jason Tutt (knee) 2 weeks
Tom Williams (shoulder) 3 weeks
Dale Morris (leg) indefinite



  1. Archer 77

    June 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Stephen Clifton from GWS might be a great pick up soon, listed a only one week. Nice write up Jakub.

  2. Pat

    June 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    carrazzo maybe be a good pick up in a few weeks considering his really high be.

    • We Got Big Cox

      June 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm


    • lachlan forbes

      June 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Its our secret shhhhh

  3. Rainjan

    June 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I didn’t listen to Jakub about Heath Scotland, and I didn’t listen about Pendles. (although he may still come back rd. 13). Regretting it now.

    I’ll be trusting the expert from now on.!

  4. Genghis Khan

    June 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I’m still backing Pendles back next week. He sounded reasonably confident on the weekend talking about it. Never getting Sandi again either…

    • Archer 77

      June 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm


      • Mad__5kills

        June 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

        Sandi only has 2 big toes, has the worst of it behind him now

  5. joseph

    June 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Pendlebury will play round 13

    • redvest

      June 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Yeh but will he play Round 14?

  6. doktorg

    June 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    how the heck does Scotland come back so quickly when it was looking like 4 weeks???!!! wasted trade if he does play this week! I think it’s time for an RLGriffen open letter to bring the smack down!

    • michael

      June 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm


    • Albert Lloyd

      June 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      +1 I don’t have Scotland but good idea for an open letter – overestimation of injury layoffs including Ablett possibly Pendles, Zaha etc

  7. melpete

    June 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks Jakub, I think Cognilio is another for your list as well

  8. James

    June 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    FFS zaharakis 4 weeks……….. Gone

    • James

      June 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      or maybe not

  9. Slappers


    June 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    magner – s.thompson
    hmac – goldstein
    zaha – danger
    5 trades left after that and 113,000 in bank

    magner – priddis
    hmac – goldstein
    zaha – beams
    5 trades left after that and 150,700 in bank

    team is:
    def: deledio, god, heppell, birchall, adcock, lake, clarke (spurr, darley)
    Mids: Boyd, gazza, stanton, rocky, hayes, old mac (magner, williams)
    rucks: hmac, giles (big o, redden)
    fwds: sidey, buddy, stevie j, robbo, martin, zaha, zorko (dickson, sexton)

    any other options i could do?

    • Cpt.Awesome

      June 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      option 2. you need beams. danger is too inconsistant

    • Jerome

      June 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm


  10. Jeremy

    June 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    It’s metatarsalphalangeal joint, not metatarsalpharagneal. Small detail, but surely any musculoskeletal or sports physio who is reputable knows that. just saying…….

    • Adam182

      June 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      I’m a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and I didn’t notice that spelling error until you pointed it out. Things like that are easy to overlook even when you reread it especially if your a physio and your used to seeing those terms all the time, so you end up reading it as what you meant to put not what’s written. A bit harsh I reckon to imply that because of a simple spelling error like that that someone must not be good at their profession. I get letters from surgeons and specialists alike all the time with mistakes in them.
      Just saying.

      • SLAVE

        June 14, 2012 at 2:56 am

        The spelling police are out!

        I work in emergency – we use metacarPOphalangeal……same same, we all know what he meant.

        Nice article – cheers!
        (i hope carrazzo gets the gumby)

        • JakubDT

          June 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

          Thank guys. Yeah actually we actually use metacarpophalangeal too. Simple typo writing the article early in the morning.

  11. Thomas

    June 14, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Great read mate. Cheerz for the expert advice. Its good to have someone with some credential on this site when it comes to injuries.

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