A lot of the Tuesday talk around the AFL revolves around a number of key injuries that have hurt more than few clubs over the past couple of days.
Marc Murphy underwent successful surgery and will miss the next eight to 12 weeks for the Blues, a team that has struggled mightily in recent weeks. Murphy looked to have taken the reigns as Carlton’s best midfielder early in the year but his production has since dropped after receiving a couple of hard tags.
The Blues have also faltered. The number one clearance team from Round 1 through 4, the Blues have since dropped to dead last in the competition in that category. It seems as if the entire media contingency that jumped on the Blues bandwagon early have all departed after successive losses, including last weekend’s embarrassing loss to the Crows, but we shouldn’t panic. They still have plenty of time to prove themselves.
Rhys Stanley left the Saints game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and he will miss somewhere between 4-6 weeks, putting further pressure on the St Kilda big man rotation. Number one ruckman Ben McEvoy will spend a couple more weeks on the sideline and the club is without a real ruckman as it currently stands.
Some good news for St Kilda though, four household names could make their way back into the club’s top-22: Raphael Clarke, Adam Schneider, James Gwilt and Sam Fischer have all been solid in the reserves.
Don’t think the Bombers will be sweating too much about the suspension of Leroy Jetta. Their important small forward has copped a one match ban for striking Richmond’s Dylan Grimes but is only scheduled to miss this weekend’s game against easy beats Greater Western Sydney. Jetta also became the first player to be warned about flopping, the first time this has happened since the rule was introduced in 1999.
Good news for Adelaide, key midfielder Rory Sloane has indicated he will return to the club after this season. Sloane has really come into his own in 2012, averaging nearly 24 possessions a game, and is a key member of their elite midfield.
All the talk in Western Australia obviously revolves around the Western Derby and the Eagles have been bolstered by big name returns. Their injury woes are starting to slowly dissolve and will benefit from the expected recall of the concussed Matthew Priddis and Adam Selwood.