We are just 3 weeks away before the start of the 2017 AFL season and we take a look at the Eagles medical room before round 1.
(Hamstring – Likely Return: Round 1)
Has recovered from a hamstring injury and has returned to the main training squad and is likely to be available for round 1
(Thumb – Likely Return: Round 1)
Expected to play in the the Eagles final JLT match against the Demons on Thursday night at Domain Stadium. Giles injured his left thumb in January and has fully recovered from the injury.
(Knee – Likely Return: Rounds 1 – 2)
Has had a fantastic month on the training track and has made a faster recovery the most expected from a PCL reconstruction. Coach Adam Simpson may take a cautious approach with the Eagles ruck stocks depleted currently.
(Likely Return: Season 2018)
Naitanui will be hoping to return at the end of the 2017 season, but that will depend on if the Eagles are in final contention. Naitanui is making the long recovery from a traditional knee reconstruction. Has started to conduct straight-line running drills away from the main group.
(Hamstring – Likely Return: Rounds 6 – 8)
Injured his hamstring during a training drill and required surgery to repair the tendon. Expected to keep out for around 2 months.
(Knee – Likely Return: Rounds 12 – 16)
Eagles Rookie ruptured his ACL as he attempted a change of direction in a competitive ball drill during training in December. The medical staff and Tunbridge elected a hybrid-LARs operation to repair his ACL, with the hope he could return midway the 2017 season.