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Daniel Venables
Forced into retirement
MFree Agent
August 3, 2021
Venables has retired from the AFL on Wednesday due to lingering effects from a concussion suffered in 2019.
ANALYSIS
An AFL medical panel unanimously recommended Venables avoid playing any contact sports going forward, thus ending his career at 22 years old. Venables was a member of West Coast's premiership-winning team in 2018.
Lin Jong
Announces retirement
MFree Agent
August 3, 2021
Jong announced his retirement from the AFL on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Jong only got into one game for the Bulldogs this year before suffering a hamstring injury. In his time off, he's decided that he'll hang up his boots.
Ed Richards
Close to comeback
MWestern Bulldogs
Concussion
August 3, 2021
Richards (concussion) is listed as a test to return in Round 21 against Essendon, according to head of medical services Chris Bell. "Ed (Richards) still has some boxes to tick following the concussion he suffered in round 19. If he comes through (training) like I expect, he will return to playing this weekend."
ANALYSIS
Richards has only played four times this season and will hope to keep up his fitness as the home-and-away stage nears its completion.
Adam Treloar
May return against Essendon
MWestern Bulldogs
Ankle
August 3, 2021
Treolar (ankle) will be a test to return ahead of Round 21 against Essendon, according to head of medical services Chris Bell. "He hasn't skipped a beat since he's been back training with the main group. He will look to return to selection availability for this weekend."
ANALYSIS
Treolar has missed six weeks due to an ankle syndesmosis injury and is on track to return wit ha good week of training. When fit, eh was one of the top options for the 'Dogs thanks to a stretch of six straight games with over 100 fantasy points scored.
Anthony Scott
Extends contract by two seasons
MWestern Bulldogs
August 3, 2021
Scott signed a contract extension with the Western Bulldogs through the 2023 season, it was announced Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Scott was a late-bloomer in his AFL career after spending more time in the amateur ranks and VFL before getting his big chance in 2021. He'll look to keep improving with more assurances over his place with the team.
Chad Warner
Returns in VFL
MSydney Swans
August 3, 2021
Warner returned in the VFL over the weekend of Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Warner had missed almost two months of games but returned before that time frame. He'll now hope to play more with the senior team before the finals begin.
Jack Sinclair
Has hamstring issue
MSt Kilda Saints
Hamstring
August 3, 2021
Sinclair is dealing with a hamstring injury and will be a test for Round 21 against Carlton.
ANALYSIS
Sinclair has put up some stellar performances this season but an injury may hamper his availability against the Blues.
James Cousins
Out two weeks
MHawthorn Hawks
Hamstring
August 3, 2021
Cousins (hamstring) has been ruled out for the next two weeks, according to his club's injury report ahead of Round 21 against Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Cousins picked up the injury against Adelaide a couple weeks ago and will remain out until the final moments of the season. He's logged a solid 20.8 disposals per game in nine appearances.
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
Toe
August 3, 2021
Coniglio (toe) has been ruled out of Round 21 against Geelong, according to Head of Medical Cullan Ball.
ANALYSIS
Coniglio has only played four times this season and recovery from this injury is going slowly, in order not to make things worse.
Tom Green
Out with hamstring injury
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
Hamstring
August 3, 2021
Green suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of Round 20 against Port Adelaide and will be out for two weeks, according to Head of Medical Cullan Ball. "We think (Green will) miss at least two matches and then assess how his recovery is going after that."
ANALYSIS
Green averages a solid 20.5 disposals per game and will be missed, especially with Giants on the edge out of the finals places.
Brandon Ellis
Available for selection
MGold Coast Suns
August 3, 2021
Ellis will be available for selection in Round 21 against Carlton after recovering from a hamstring injury, according to Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull. "(Ellis has) had a couple of weeks in rehab now and trained with the group fully yesterday so we anticipate he'll train fully tomorrow and then be available for selection."
ANALYSIS
Ellis missed two rounds with a hamstring injury and has now completed his recovery. A dominant 41-disposal effort in his last full game against GWS means Ellis returns another big gun for a Suns team that was demolished by Melbourne in Round 20.
Tom Atkins
Test to return
MGeelong Cats
Back
August 3, 2021
Atkins is listed as a test for Round 21 against GWS, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Atkins was a late withdrawal from Round 20 against North Melbourne and shouldn't be out for long. As his replacement Zach Guthrie starred in the win, Atkins may have more work to do if he wishes to play, even if fit.
Dyson Heppell
Out with broken thumb
MEssendon Bombers
Thumb
August 3, 2021
Heppell reportedly played in Round 20 with a broken thumb and likely won't be available for Round 21 against the Western Bulldogs, according to GM Josh Mahoney.
ANALYSIS
Heppell averages an impressive 25.2 disposals and 7.1 marks per game, so his value will be lost if he can't play in the final weeks of the season. Fortunately, a protective glove should help him return sooner, though the remaining three games left don't offer many chances to play.
Kyle Langford
Suffers hamstring injury
MEssendon Bombers
Hamstring
August 3, 2021
Langford is expected to miss three weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in the Round 20 loss to Sydney, according to GM Josh Mahoney. "We're disappointed to be without him for a period of time, particularly given he had just returned from a similar strain after completing a thorough rehab program and performed very well yesterday,"
ANALYSIS
Langford just returned from a different hamstring injury and will now have a race to return before the end of the season. If he's unable to do that, there's still a small chance that Essendon make the finals and give him enough time to recover.
Josh Daicos
Could return soon
MCollingwood Magpies
Finger
August 3, 2021
Daicos (finger) is listed as a test to return in Round 21 against Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
Daicos suffered a fractured finger that has kept him out for much of July and he'll need to get through training if he wants to face the Hawks. In his last game, he scored one goal and logged 20 disposals; a performance with value if he can repeat it.
Jackson Hately
Won't be selected
MAdelaide Crows
Groin
August 3, 2021
Hately is dealing with groin soreness and won't be available for Round 21 against Port Adelaide. Additionally, Head of Football Adam Kelly doesn't expect him to return this season.
ANALYSIS
Hately has only played twice all season due to a problematic groin injury and may not be called upon until 2022 if things don't change quickly.
Jack Viney
Picks up suspension
MMelbourne Demons
Suspension
August 3, 2021
Viney is suspended for the next two matches after dishing a high hit to the jaw of Gold Coast's Sam Collins.
ANALYSIS
Viney tried to argue for a reduction of his anticipated punishment, but he'll now miss the upcoming games against West Coast and Adelaide before returning in the home-and-away finale against Geelong.
Luke Breust
Could return this season
MHawthorn Hawks
Knee
August 2, 2021
Breust (knee) informed fans Monday via Twitter that he hasn't suffered any structural damage but some bone bruising means he has work to do before returning this season.
ANALYSIS
Breust hurt his knee in Round 20 after scoring three goals to help topple Brisbane. Given that there's still some damage to let heal, he'll need time before getting cleared to play again in 2021.
Stephen Coniglio
Small chance of Round 21 return
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
Toe
August 1, 2021
Coniglio (toe) is unlikely to return Round 21 against Geelong, per coach Leon Cameron, AFLratings.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cameron didn't rule Coniglio out completely but said it's more likely than unlikely that the captain will make his return in Round 21. Coniglio missed Round 20 due to this injury.
Bailey Banfield
Ruled out for Round 21
MFremantle Dockers
Concussion
August 1, 2021
Banfield (concussion protocol) won't play in Round 21 against Brisbane, AFLratings.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Banfield will miss at least one match after suffering a concussion against Richmond in Round 20. He was stretchered off upon sustaining the injury, so Banfield's absence may well stretch beyond just Round 21.
Jacob Hopper
Cleared of structural damage
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
Concussion
August 1, 2021
Hopper (concussion) has been cleared of structural damage. However, AFLratings.com reports he won't play in Round 21 against Geelong.
ANALYSIS
While Hopper being cleared suggests he may not face an extended absence after being concussed in the Round 20 loss to Port Adelaide, he won't be healthy enough to give it a go in Round 21 against Geelong.
Karl Amon
Strong in win
MPort Adelaide Power
August 1, 2021
Amon scored one goal to go with 31 disposals (18 kicks, 13 handballs) in addition to making six marks and five tackles during Sunday's 100-73 win over GWS.
ANALYSIS
Amon recorded over 30 disposals for the first time in 13 rounds to score over 100 points for the third time in four games. He seems to flourish when facing tougher challenges as he did in this game, so there's always someone to count on as the Power approach the finals.
Josh Kelly
Logs 31 disposals in loss
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
August 1, 2021
Kelly recorded 31 disposals (17 disposals, 14 handballs) and made three marks during Sunday's 100-73 loss to Port Adelaide in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Kelly had a long stretch with over 100 points scored in seven straight games but he hasn't been nearly as impressive in recent weeks. He'll hope to use this stronger performance to improve over the final rounds of the home-and-away stage of the season.
Jacob Hopper
Gets concussed in loss
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
Concussion
August 1, 2021
Hopper suffered a concussion during the Round 20 loss to Port Adelaide but was cleared of further structural damage after a kick to the head sent him to the hospital, according to his team.
ANALYSIS
Hopper is sure to miss at least one game due to the concussion and it remains to be seen how much longer after that it will take to seem return. A place just outside finals after 20 games means Hopper will be missed if he can't come back soon to help them make a late-season push.
Chad Wingard
Stars in win
MHawthorn Hawks
August 1, 2021
Wingard scored two goals and two behinds to go with 32 disposals (20 kicks, 12 handballs) in addition to making seven marks and seven tackles during Sunday's 92-80 win over Brisbane in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Wingard returned from a hamstring injury in Round 19 and looks refreshed with two strong efforts in his last two games. If he's able to keep up his marking and tackling totals, Wingard tends to hover in the 20-disposal area and could easily be a valuable asset over the rest of the season.
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