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Lachie Neale
Plays through injured shoulder
MBrisbane Lions
Shoulder
June 24, 2021
Neale garnered 24 disposals, seven marks, six tackles, two clearances and a single goal assist Thursday as Brisbane bested Geelong 94-50 at Gabba.
ANALYSIS
Neale left Thursday's match midway through the first period with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder, but returned a few minutes later to finish out Brisbane's victory having tied or set season-highs for marks and inside (7) / rebound 50s (6). No clear word yet on the nature of the shoulder injury or if it might sideline Neale for any significant period of time; however, Fox Footy's Tom Morris speculated on Twitter that the ailment could be a "potential subluxation" that may require surgery at the end of the season.
Michael Gibbons
Picks up hamstring injury
FCarlton Blues
Hamstring
June 24, 2021
Gibbons will miss Round 15 against Adelaide due to a hamstring injury, which was determined to be a high-grade strain by his club.
ANALYSIS
Gibbons was scheduled to play, but he re-injured his hamstring in training and will return to the sidelines for an extended period.He hasn't been able to stay on the field consistently since the start of the season and now won't be seen again until the final weeks of the home-and-away stage.
Marc Pittonet
Needs ankle surgery
RCarlton Blues
Ankle
June 24, 2021
Pittonet is set for ankle surgery and has a chance to return by the end of the season, his club announced Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Pittonet had played in all 13 games so far but now has to hope he recovers before the home-and-away season ends with Carlton's finals chances still slim. He never scored more than 86 points in a game this season.
Zac Fisher
Out with ankle soreness
FCarlton Blues
Ankle
June 24, 2021
Fisher will miss Round 15 against Adelaide due to ankle soreness.
ANALYSIS
Fisher was anticipating starting against the Crows but he wasn't able to prove he was ready by the time the team was selected. He's made four appearances this season, scoring no more than 65 points.
Jarman Impey
Out with ankle injury
DHawthorn Hawks
Ankle
June 24, 2021
Impey suffered an ankle injury during training and will be absent for Round 15 against GWS, according to Physical Performance Manager Luke Boyd.
ANALYSIS
Impey awaits news from the scans but could be out multiple weeks if the injury turns out to be serious. With four games over 100 fantasy points in his last seven games, Impey has been relatively useful in recent weeks.
Peter Ladhams
Omitted for Swans clash
RPort Adelaide Power
Coach's Decision
June 24, 2021
Ladhams is listed as an emergency for Round 15 against Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Ladhams was omitted from the lineup after starting four straight games. It's unclear if this has something to do with tactics or with Scott Lycett forcing his hand as the primary ruck, but the end result is the same with Ladhams unlikely to play this weekend.
Nakia Cockatoo
Aggravates hamstring injury
MBrisbane Lions
Hamstring
June 23, 2021
Cockatoo won't play in the VFL match this weekend due to hamstring tightness, The Courier Mail reports.
ANALYSIS
Cockatoo has been building up in the VFL over the past five games but exited last week's contest after one possession due to hamstring tightness. He was closing in on his season debut for Brisbane but will now have things pushed back for at least another week.
Alex Witherden
Could return Round 15
DWest Coast Eagles
Groin
June 23, 2021
Coach Adam Simpson said Witherden (groin) will be considered for selection in Round 15 against Western, AFL Ratings reports.
ANALYSIS
Witherden hasn't seen the field since mid-May due to the groin injury, but he may be able to return to action this weekend. He's eclipsed 70 fantasy points in every game he's played this season and has also topped 120 on two occasions.
Sam Switkowski
Signs new contract
FFremantle Dockers
Hamstring
June 23, 2021
Switkowski (hamstring) signed a two-year contract extension with Fremantle that will tie him to the club through the 2023 season.
ANALYSIS
Switkowski has only played six times this season but scored as many as 97 points in the Round 2 game against GWS. With a return from injury imminent, Switkowski can have a big say in how the Dockers turn around what has been an inconsistent season.
William Snelling
Signs two-year contract extension
FEssendon Bombers
Thumb
June 22, 2021
Snelling (thumb) signed a two-year contract extension with the Bombers on Wednesday, per AFL Ratings.
ANALYSIS
Snelling has been out since he suffered a broken thumb in Round 11 versus West Coast. The 23-year-old will be with Essendon through 2023. Through 11 matches in 2021, Snelling has scored at least 60 fantasy points in all but the contest versus West Coast in which he was injured.
Stefan Martin
Listed as test
RWestern Bulldogs
Shoulder
June 22, 2021
Martin (shoulder) is listed as a test for Round 15 against West Coast, according to head of sports medicine Chris Bell.
ANALYSIS
Martin was in a similar situation last week but didn't end up playing against Geelong. His value as a ruck isn't tremendously high with Timothy English also a regular starter.
Aaron Naughton
Slated to return
FWestern Bulldogs
Ribs
June 22, 2021
Naughton (ribs) is slated to play in Round 15 against West Coast, according to head of sports medicine Chris Bell. "We'll monitor Aaron this week but remain optimistic that he'll be available to play the Eagles."
ANALYSIS
Naughton took a blow to the side in the Round 14 loss to Geelong but he only needs to keep up his fitness in training to remain available against the Eagles. With over 100 points scored in two of his last three full matches, Naughton can be a major play at forward.
Bradley Sheppard
Nearing return
DWest Coast Eagles
Concussion
June 22, 2021
Sheppard (concussion) is on track to return in Round 15 against the Western Bulldogs if he can get through training.
ANALYSIS
Sheppard missed Round 13 with a concussion but had the bye to prevent any more absences. He offers decent value with 16.8 disposals and 6.2 marks recorded per game this season.
Tim Kelly
Can return this weekend
MWest Coast Eagles
Knee
June 22, 2021
Kelly (knee) needs to pass training tests in order to be available for selection in Round 15 against the Wetern Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Kelly is on track to return from his month-long absence if he stays sharp all week long. With four games of over 100 fantasy points this season, Kelly can be highly valuable if he's ready to go.
Jack Petruccelle
Should be fine
FWest Coast Eagles
Hamstring
June 22, 2021
Petruccelle (hamstring) will be available for selection if he gets through training ahead of Round 15 against the Western Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Petruccelle has scored 13 goals in nine games this season and like a few other Eagles, can make it to the team if he suffers no setbacks in training.
Jeremy McGovern
Listed as test
DWest Coast Eagles
Knee
June 22, 2021
McGovern (knee) will be available for selection if he gets through training ahead of Round 15 against the Western Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
McGovern has been out for a month with a knee injury and should return if he suffers no setbacks this week. With at least 20 disposals and nine marks in three of his last four games, a healthy McGovern has plenty to offer.
Sam Naismith
Out indefinitely
RSydney Swans
Knee
June 22, 2021
Naismith has been ruled out indefinitely due to a failure in his ACL surgery, according to Martin Pegan of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Naismith tore his ACL in 2020 and has yet to play at the AFL level in 2021. It remains to be seen when he'll next get the opportunity to take the field.
Will Hayward
Should return in Round 15
FSydney Swans
Concussion
June 22, 2021
Hayward (concussion) is expected to return in Round 15 against Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Hayward used the bye to get through concussion protocols and may not even miss a game. He's scored seven goals in his last four matches heading into the Port game.
Errol Gulden
Has chance to return
MSydney Swans
Shin
June 22, 2021
Gulden (shin) has a chance to return in Round 15 against Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Gulden hasn't played since Round 8 and shouldn't be out much longer following this news. He began the season with three straight games over 90 fantasy points scored before regressing to a lower average.
Chad Warner
Remains out
MSydney Swans
Leg
June 22, 2021
Warner (leg) won't be available in Round 15 against Port Adelaide, according to coach John Longmire.
ANALYSIS
Warner had a stress reaction in his leg and won't be risked against the Power. At his best, Warner logged over 90 points in three of the four games in April.
Jarryn Geary
Undergoes surgery on shoulder
DSt Kilda Saints
Shoulder
June 22, 2021
Geary underwent surgery on his dislocated shoulder, his club announced Monday.
ANALYSIS
Geary will be out indefinitely after picking up the injury in his third game of the season.
James Frawley
Listed as test
DSt Kilda Saints
Shoulder
June 22, 2021
Frawley (shoulder) is listed as a test for Round 1 against Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Frawley has only played twice this season and may not offer much fantasy value when he's finally fit enough to play.
Rowan Marshall
Listed as test
RSt Kilda Saints
Foot
June 22, 2021
Marshall (foot) is listed as a test for Round 15 against Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Marshall hasn't played in a month due to surgery on his plantar fascia and is now close to returning against the Tigers. At his best, he and Paddy Ryder greatly increase the Saints' chances of winning each week.
Taylor Garner
Listed as test
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Ankle
June 22, 2021
Garner (ankle) is listed as a test heading into Round 15 against Gold Coast, according to Riley Beveridge of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Garner has played just four times this season but he did score six goals in his first two games. Any returning player for the Kangaroos would be a boost as they try to climb off the bottom of the ladder.
Mitch Lewis
Listed as test
FHawthorn Hawks
Concussion
June 22, 2021
Lewis (concussion) is listed as a test ahead of Round 15 against GWS, according to Physical Performance Manager Luke Boyd.
ANALYSIS
Lewis has yet to play in June due to a concussion but has passed through the time protocols and now just needs to pass the fitness tests as well. He's scored 12 goals in eight games this season, but his 9.3 disposals recorded per game put a damper on his fantasy value.
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