Brisbane will likely be with out veterans Dayne Zorko and Daniel Wealthy for his or her large conflict with Carlton, whereas Port Adelaide midfielder Xavier Duursma has been sidelined for as much as 10 weeks with a knee harm.
The Lions’ huge win over Fremantle got here at a price with Zorko straining his hamstring and Wealthy struggling a calf pressure, with the pair sidelined for 3 weeks by harm.
To educate Chris Fagan’s reduction, the silver lining for Zorko is the pressure is to his left hamstring and never his proper – which he injured throughout the pre-season and dominated him out of spherical one.
The pair’s absence is a blow for fourth-placed Brisbane, who journey to face sixth-placed Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Friday evening.
Fagan was ready to imitate Geelong’s cautious method to senior gamers, like their cautious administration of Patrick Dangerfield final yr, to make sure Zorko and Wealthy had been primed to make an affect when it mattered.
“We have to be sensible about it and Geelong had been terrific, the best way they managed their gamers final yr, there isn’t any doubt about that,” he informed Fox Footy.
“If we get to week three and it is touch-and-go whether or not he ought to play or not, I feel the choice is do not play. It is so simple as that.
“We cannot be taking dangers with these guys. You have to develop depth in your squad and their absence will make it possible for another guys which were enjoying effectively in our reserves.”
Duursma has torn his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and will likely be out for eight-to-10 weeks.
The 22-year-old damage his knee in a heavy collision with Saints ruckman Rowan Marshall and was emotional when he needed to be subbed out of the sport throughout quarter-time.
He had performed all seven video games this season after solely that includes 22 occasions in whole throughout 2021 and 2022.
However Todd Marshall will return from concussion in opposition to Essendon.
Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe might return from his troublesome foot harm in opposition to Hawthorn.
The Dockers confirmed Fyfe, who has performed only one recreation, was a “take a look at” to both play at AFL or WAFL degree.
“Nat’s foot pulled up rather well from a step up on the weekend,” Merriman stated.
“He will likely be foremost coaching this week, with a plan for him to play soccer this weekend.”
Gifted younger defender Heath Chapman is about for an prolonged stint on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring when he was on the verge of coming back from a calf harm.
“Sadly for Chappy, on the again finish of final week’s coaching session he had an incident and it ended up being a reasonable to high-grade hamstring harm,” Merriman stated.
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