AFL: Pre-season Medical Room

With the 2017 AFL season just around the the corner we take look each clubs key players who are currently recovering from off season surgery and/or are on modified programs. 


Brad Crouch


Crouch currently nursing a hamstring injury and is currently on a modified training program. Crouch is expected to be available for Adelaide’s opening game of the JLT Community Series on February 24.

Josh Jenkins


Jenkins continues to work his way back into fitness after undergoing ankle surgery at the conclusion of the season. Jenkins is expected to be ready to go for round 1 of the AFL season.

Scott Thompson


A Shoulder complaint to Veteran midfielder Scott Thompson has restricted all contact work with the main group throughout the pre-season. Thompson, who turns 34 in March is on a modified training programs that involves plenty of running and weight room workouts (As if he needs to get any bigger).

Tom Lynch


Lynch is currently training away from the group as he recovers from a knee operation. The Tall forward is expected to be good to go for round 1, but is doubtful to play any of the JLT Community Series warm up matches.


Dayne Beams


Beams required season ending surgery after a knee tendon injury flared up against his former club Collingwood, ruling him out of the majority of the 2016 season.

Beams is being eased back into the main group and workload is close to a full one. Beams is said to be running strongly and may feature in JLT Community Series if his knee can hold up over the coming weeks.


Patrick Cripps


Cripps who is battling a back complaint is expected to be 2-4 weeks away before he is able to return to full training.

Coach Brendon Bolton may err on the side of caution and hold Cripps back from playing in the JLT Community Series as he wants him ready for round 1.

Andrew Phillips


Terrible news for 25-year old ruckman Andrew Phillips who Carlton has placed on the long-term injury list, due to a stress fracture in his left foot.

The Ex-GWS Giant made the switch to Carlton at the end of the 2015 season and managed to play 16 games for the blues in his first year at the club. 

Phillips is expected to miss any where between 8-12 weeks of football, which is a blow for Brend0n Bolton’s 2017 campaign.




Daniel Wells has had an interrupted pre-season but is back on track and will be likely to be limited in the  JLT Community Series as the club wants him to build on his fitness and be right for Round 1 of the AFL 2017 season.

Ben Reid


Ben Reid has made good progress after a knee operation and is on a slightly restricted training program away from the main group. The Magpies expect Reid to be fit for the start of the season opener.

Matt Scharenberg


Matt Scharenberg is is returning from a full knee reconstruction that ruined his 2016 season is making good progress and is training with the main group. Is this the year Scharenberg can show supporters what he is capable of after the club continues to show tremendous amount of faith in the 21-year old.


It looms as a later start to the season for ruckman Tom Bellchambers, who is again battling a knee injury this summer.

The Bombers have some fitness issues with their tall department, as Cale Hooker and hamstring problems,

while Michael Hurley rolled his ankle at training on Friday.

In better signs, key forward Joe Daniher joined in match practice this week after overcoming a knee complaint


Former Gold Coast star Harley Bennell is still working his way back from a setback with his “good” left calf last November. Bennell is steadily building his running program, though, and the Dockers are confident he will play “a great deal” this year after missing all of last season.

Ruckman Aaron Sandilands (calf) and young defender Alex Pearce (leg) have suffered recent injury setbacks.


Important midfielder Mark Blicavs has battled a knee issue over the pre-season and has spent time on a modified training schedule.


ruck Tom Nicholls has struggled since sustaining a calf injury early in the pre-season.

Veteran Michael Rischitelli is ahead of schedule in his recovery from his ACL injury, but has been restricted to straight-line running at this stage. He’s expected to play in May.


Star forward Steve Johnson is still yet to be given the green light to rejoin the main group on a full-time basis after thumb surgery, but the veteran has been able to do plenty of running, and should be right to play in the latter part of the JLT Community Series


 recruit Jaeger O’Meara has yet to take part in full match simulation work. But the plan has always been to bring him along at pace and a debut in the JLT Community Series seems unlikely.


Key midfielder Dom Tyson will look to increase his workload over the next few weeks after dislocating his patella tendon before Christmas.


We take a look at key players for North Melbourne who are currently recovering from off season surgery or are on modified programs.

Jed Anderson


Anderson is set to be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks after rupturing his AC joint in a full-contact drill late January whilst tackling.

Anderson had surgery on the AC Joint and is expected to resume full training in four to six weeks.

Ben Brown


North Melbourne’s cult hero Ben Brown is currently on a modified training programs, due to  having a minor knee operation in mid January.

Brown is unlikely to take part in any of the JLT Community Series for the Kangaroos, as he tries to get full fitness before round 1

Todd Goldstein


Goldstein has been struggling with a niggling ankle injury and has been on a modified training program away from the main group.

Coach Brad Scott is confident that his No.1 ruckman will be ready to go for round 1, but may play little to none of the JLT Community Series this pre-season.


Key forward Charlie Dixon is working his way back to full fitness after off-season ankle surgery.

Angus Monfries is also in the rehab group after a shoulder injury late last year. Monfries missed last season serving a 12-month anti-doping suspension from his time at Essendon.


Star forward Jack Riewoldt has been compromised this pre-season after a right ankle reconstruction and two bouts of surgery on the little finger on his right hand.

Ex-Sun Dion Prestia had a slow start to pre-season after having his 2016 ended by a knee operation.

Ben Griffiths and Corey Ellis had groin issues,

tough defender Steve Morris is recovering from a knee reconstruction


Key defender Jake Carlisle only returned to full training recently after hip surgery early last year.

A shoulder reconstruction had confined tough onballer Luke Dunstan to running, but he was involved in match simulation in the new year.

The club expects young backman Hugh Goddard to play early in the season as he recovers from a ruptured left Achilles tendon,

while a broken bone in his left foot has hampered recruit Jack Steele.


Surgery to fix compartment syndrome in his lower legs has been a setback for young goalsneak Tom Papley, and he’s still some weeks away from rejoining the main group. The 20-year-old has been limited to the gym and is unlikely to play any part in the JLT Community Series.


Eagles ruckmen Nic Naitanui (ACL) and Scott Lycett (PCL) are at very different stages of their recoveries from long-term knee injuries. Naitanui has started running and is building the strength around his knee as he aims for a late-season return,

while Lycett is improving by the week and progressing into more ball-work as he eyes an comeback in the early home and away rounds.


Versatile playmaker Matt Suckling didn’t start running until after Christmas due to an Achilles problem that robbed him of a spot in the Dogs’ 2016 premiership side. The former Hawk must be in doubt for the start of the season proper.

Key forward Jack Redpath  still in the rehab group as they continue their returns from ACL tears