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Injury update - August 22

Natalie MacGregor  August 22, 2017 5:37 PM

BTV: SKINS Injury Update - Aug 22 With High Performance Manager, Justin Crow.

Scans have confirmed Josh Green will miss the rest of Essendon’s season, with the forward expected to undergo surgery in the coming days. 

Green suffered an injury to his foot on Saturday night, in the final quarter of the Bombers game against Gold Coast.

This is the second time Green has sustained a ‘Jones fracture’ - a fracture in the meta-diaphyseal junction of the fifth metatarsal.

 “When Josh was playing for Brisbane he had a Jones fracture in one of his feet, which is the bone leading into the little toe,” High Performance Manager Justin Crow said.

“At that stage of his career he was operated on.

“He now has the same injury on his other side. We are going to see the specialist, he’ll get a pin put through that straight away.

“With early intervention these tend to do reasonably well.

“Unfortunately, for Josh, that’s his season done, but in 10-12 weeks he will be looking at doing a reasonable amount of training and he will be well-equipped to rehabilitate because he’s done it before.”

Michael Hurley missed the game against the Suns after suffering a calf strain.

A call will be made later in the week on his availability for Sunday’s game against Fremantle.

“He has been doing everything he can since his calf injury, to try and get better,” Crow said.

“His rehabilitation is going well.

“He’s still some chance to play this weekend but obviously everything has to go right and we will see how he is progressing later this week.”

Heath Hocking left the field in the third quarter of Essendon VFL’s game against Footscray, after suffering a knock to his hamstring.

He’ll be further assessed later this week to determine whether he will be available for selection this weekend.

“Heath is quite sore from the ‘corky’ in the back of his hamstring,” Crow said.

“He will be progressing as quickly as he can – we will assess him again before training on Thursday and if he can train, he will.”

Ruckman, Matthew Leuenberger, missed last week’s game after a knock to his achilles, but is likely to return to football this week.

“Matthew has done a couple of running sessions since he missed that week,” Crow said.

“We are going to progress him as he’s able – he will be assessed at training on Thursday.

“He is reasonably confident but given his history, we don’t want to take any risks there.

“We will wait until Thursday to see how he is progressing.”

Orazio Fantasia has been sidelined since round 20, when he strained his hamstring during the clash with Carlton.

He is progressing well in his rehab and has begun running.

“He ran five or six kilometres today – he won’t do any high speed running until he is ready, which is  probably not going to be this week,” Crow said.

“If we make the finals, Orazio will be a chance to play the first final depending on how well he progresses over the next couple of weeks.”

Mitch Brown returned to football in Essendon VFL’s round 19 game against the Dogs.

Brown came on after quarter time and finished the game unscathed.

“He played three quarters of the game. He played just over 7.5km, which was his plan,” Crow said.

“His next progression is 11.5km, which is a bit like a normal game for Mitch, with ample rotations.

“He pulled up really well and didn’t look out of place. He is tracking really nicely.”