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Injury update - July 25

Simon Conway  July 25, 2017 4:24 PM

BTV: SKINS Injury Update - July 25 With High Performance Manager, Justin Crow.

Martin Gleeson has been cleared of an elbow injury and is expected to line-up when the Bombers take on the Western Bulldogs this Sunday.

The Essendon defender fell awkwardly during the win over North Melbourne.

He received treatment on the sideline and returned to play out the match with strapping around his arm.

“Luckily for Marty he caught his weight with both hands because one of his elbows hyperextended,” High Performance Manager Justin Crow said.

“Thankfully his full weight didn’t go through it.

“It was sore, we strapped it up during the game and he played on.

“He’ll be ok to train tomorrow and available to play.”

Aaron Francis spent time on the bench at the end of the VFL side’s game against Casey but that was only a precautionary measure.

“Aaron had a feeling of awareness in his abdominal region, so as a precaution he finished the game on the bench,” Crow said.

“He’s feeling pretty well early this week, we’ll get it investigated but we think there is nothing major going on.”

Josh Green could return next week as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

The Bombers forward suffered the injury in the win over St Kilda.

He’s kicked 15 goals in 14 games this season and could line-up against Carlton in round 20.

“Josh has had a really good week of training and he’ll do some of the session at training tomorrow,” Crow said.

“He’ll have a main match simulation style run around with the rehab group on the weekend.

“Then he’ll become available, all going well and ticking off his hamstring and high speed next week, to play the following game.”

Mitch Brown will resume low impact running next week as he steps up his rehabilitation program following an ankle injury.

Fresh from inking a new contract, the versatile Don is on track to return before the end of the home and away season.

“He’s made a very good start … he saw a specialist who is very happy,” Crow said.

“Mitch’s ankle looks great, his swelling is down, he’s walking out of the boot and full weight-bearing. 

“All going well and if ‘Browny’ can keep tracking in that direction, he should play before the end of the year.”

Patrick Ambrose returned in the VFL last Saturday after nearly three months out with a quad injury.

The Bombers defender picked up 16 possessions and has recovered well.

“Pat played the full game without any issues,” Crow said.

“He pulled really well.

“He got hit in the nose early in the game which was a good re-introduction to football, but we expect Pat to train well this week and be available for selection.”