‘Warrior down’: Tigers, Pies, Blues wait for news on injured players

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‘Warriors down’: Round 20 injury ward

Nell Geraets

Collingwood, Richmond and Carlton are waiting to learn how long some of their players will be sidelined after a round in which several key players went down with injury.

Richmond’s Dylan Grimes, Collingwood’s Taylor Adams and Blues pair Corey Durdin and Nic Newman await the outcome of further tests to discover how long they could be sidelined.

Midfielder Adams was subbed off before half-time with a groin injury during the Pies’ six-point defeat of the Power. And despite some good news after defender Jeremy Howe was declared “fine” for selection this week, the club confirmed the 28-year-old Adams would undergo scans in the coming days to assess the extent of the damage. His availability is up in the air ahead of the Pies’ clash against the reigning premiers Melbourne on Friday.

Taylor Adams’s availability in doubt following groin injury.Credit:AFL Photos via Gety Ima

Howe spent the last half of the final term against Port Adelaide on the bench after suffering a knee to the backside, but coach Craig McRae said after the game that the 32-year-old had suffered no significant injury.

Richmond’s thrilling come from behind win against Brisbane on Sunday was marred by Grimes’ suspected hamstring injury, which the player himself was not optimistic about.

“He [Grimes] seems to think it was bad, so we’ll wait and see what that’s like,” coach Damien Hardwick said after the game.

“That’s the challenging thing about AFL football, isn’t it? It’s such a tough game and warriors go down – especially brave ones like Dylan.”

Richmond expresses concern over Dylan Grimes’ hamstring injury. Credit:AFL Photos

Hardwick said he was concerned by the look of the tumble, but the club maintained no official decision had been made yet over Grimes’ availability against Port Adelaide on Saturday, noting the 31-year-old would be further assessed early in the week.

“I don’t want to speculate, but it’s not great at the moment,” Hardwick said.

“It’s a little bit challenging at the moment and emotional for all of us because he’s such an important player to the fabric of our footy club.

“We hope it’s not too severe. We’ve got our fingers crossed at this stage.”

Carlton suffered a trio of injuries during their loss to Adelaide: Durdin (shoulder), Newman (knee gash) and Matthew Kennedy (concussion).

A club spokesman said further tests were required for all three players before any changes were made to the line-up, but confirmed that Kennedy would miss the Blues’ clash with Brisbane on Sunday as he enters the 12-day concussion protocols.

Medium defender Newman underwent a “patch job” on the gash to his knee during the game, but required a more thorough clean and medical examination in coming days.

Durdin was not seen in a sling after the match and did not seem to be a major concern for the club, according to the spokesman. Further tests on Tuesday would confirm whether he would be fit to play.

Melbourne narrowly avoided a major upset to their premiership hopes as star ruckman Luke Jackson passed all concussion tests after sustaining a knock to the head, clearing him of any further concussion protocol requirements and setting him up for selection against Collingwood on Friday.

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