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Injury update - August 1

Simon Conway  August 1, 2017 3:15 PM

BTV: SKINS Injury Update - Aug 1 With High Performance Manager, Justin Crow.

Jackson Merrett remains an outside chance of playing again this season despite breaking his leg in the VFL match against Collingwood on Sunday. 

The 24 year old was stretchered from the field after landing awkwardly in a marking contest.

He suffered a broken fibula and a tear in his syndesmosis. 

“We were really lucky – within four hours of the injury Jackson had that operated on at the Epworth,” High Performance Manager Justin Crow said. 

“He had a plate put over his fibula to protect the bone and a band put around his syndesmosis to help stabilise that joint.

“Separately a fibula fracture might take six weeks or a sydesmosis injury – like Mitch Brown had – might take eight weeks. 

“So it becomes a little bit difficult to predict a prognosis. 

“With everything going right it’s not impossible that Jackson could play in a VFL Grand Final ... or an AFL Preliminary Final potentially.

“For that reason we’re keeping the door open and we’re going to do everything right early, to see if we can progress Jackson’s rehab along in a really smart way." 

Josh Green is on track to be available this weekend after missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury.

The small forward has booted 15 goals in 14 games this season and got through a searching training session last weekend.

“He ran over 12 kilometres with good high speed running, despite the wind on Saturday,” Crow said.

“He’s ready to go, he’s in training this week and he’ll be available for a full game assuming he gets through the session (main training) in good shape.” 

Ben McNiece is making progress as he battles a neck complaint.

The Next Generation Academy recruit has been sidelined since mid June with the Club taking a cautious approach throughout his recovery.

“He was back running last week and he’ll do the warm up tomorrow,” Crow said.

“We’ll get him some non-contact drills the following week. 

“Next week we’ll get another MRI on his neck, we’ll get him to see a specialist and just get the best advice we can on whether or not we put him back into contact drills and training and have a go again at playing this year, or put him on ice.

“So there will be a bit of a decision to be made late next week.”

Mitch Brown is nearing a return to training as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury. 

The former Cat who recently signed a new deal to remain at the Bombers next season could be available for the second last round in the AFL or VFL home and away seasons. 

“Mitch is progressing really quickly,” Crow said.

“His swelling was down early, he was on his feet earlier than expected.

“He’s looking like getting involved in training shortly so while we said eight weeks might have been our best result, it’s not impossible that he could play on modified game time at seven (weeks).

“Mitch is tracking really nicely but we’ve just got to see how that eventuates over the next few weeks.”