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Dane Rampe
Good for Community Series game
DSydney Swans
March 6, 2021
Rampe (hand) is listed in the lineup for Sunday's Community Series clash with GWS.
ANALYSIS
Rampe's 2020 campaign ended prematurely due to a hand injury, but he appears to be in the clear as 2021 approaches. The defender averaged 14.6 disposals, 3.8 marks and 1.4 tackles when healthy last season.
Tom Doedee
Makes it through SANFL match unscathed
DAdelaide Crows
March 6, 2021
Doedee (groin) returned to action on the SANFL side Saturday, Kirralee Thomas of the Crows' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Doedee should solidify the Crows' back end come Round 1 but will sit out the Community Series contest Sunday after taking part on the SANFL side. He averaged 14.3 disposals, 5.2 marks and 1.7 tackles a season ago.
Easton Wood
Still rehabbing hamstring issue
DWestern Bulldogs
Hamstring
March 4, 2021
Wood is still rehabbing a hamstring strain, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Wood dealt with a hamstring issue late in 2020 so it's not a great sign that he's beginning 2021 off with a similar issue. It remains to be seen if he will be ready to take the field for Round 1, but more information should hit the airwaves the week of the game, but it appears the team's Community Series contest is out of the picture.
Phil Davis
Hopeful to return Saturday
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
Knee
March 4, 2021
Davis (knee) hopes to return for Saturday's match against Sydney after returning to training last week, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Davis missed the final months of the 2020 season with this knee injury and only just returned to training. With the news that he could return for the Community Series preseason match, Davis should have even better odds of being ready for Round 1 against St. Kilda.
Jesse Hogan
Suffers quad injury in training
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
Quadriceps
March 4, 2021
Hogan picked up a quad injury in training and remains questionable for Round 1 against St. Kilda, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Hogan has struggled with his fitness for much of the past two seasons and remains injury prone with the Giants. Given the ratings he was receiving in preseason, Hogan could be worth some attention if he can recover in time for the regular season.
Jack Scrimshaw
Doubt for Round 1
DHawthorn Hawks
Knee
March 4, 2021
Scrimshaw is "unlikely" to play in Round 1 against Essendon due to bone bruising in his knee, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Scrimshaw's value isn't outstanding as he averaged 15.4 disposals and 4 marks per game in 2020. Still, he's a safe bet to play when fully fit and that doesn't look to be likely to begin the season.
Matthew McGuinness
One month away from returning
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Finger
March 3, 2021
McGuinness is expected to return in a month as he recovers from a finger injury, according to Riley Beveridge of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
McGuinness will be in his first professional season but has to wait until later in April to make his debut.
Nick Vlastuin
Appears in practice match
DRichmond Tigers
March 3, 2021
Vlastuin appeared in the practice match against Melbourne as the preseason began.
ANALYSIS
Vlastuin finished last season on a stretcher but should have no issues being ready for Friday's practice match against Collingwood or for the regular season.
Bachar Houli
Still hurt
DRichmond Tigers
Calf
March 3, 2021
Houli (calf) has little chance of appearing in the Mar. 18 season-opener against Carlton, according to Callum Twomey of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Houli picked up this injury in last season's Grand Final victory and still remains unfit. While his status for the first match of the 2021 campaign hasn't been assured, his availability seems unlikely at this point in his recovery.
Jeremy Howe
Returns in practice match
DCollingwood Magpies
March 3, 2021
Howe made his return from a ruptured MCL during a Feb. 25 practice match against Geelong, according to ESPN.
ANALYSIS
Howe didn't appear in a single match after picking up the injury against GWS in late June of last season. He'll be a dangerous marking threat after collecting 26 from four appearances in 2020 if he can stay healthy in the coming season.
Jake Carlisle
Listed as emergency
DSt Kilda Saints
March 3, 2021
Carlisle holds an emergency designation for Thursday's Community Series game versus the Blues, Chris Nice of the Saints' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Carlisle appears ready for the start of the 2021 campaign after his 2020 season ended early following the birth of his child. While he's unlikely to take part in the Community Series affair, he figures to be included in the lineup for the Round 1 clash with GWS.
Ben Paton
Will miss 2021 season
DSt Kilda Saints
Leg
March 3, 2021
Paton has been ruled out for the 2021 season due to tibia and fibula fractures, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Paton was a significant contributor for the Saints during the 2020 season, racking up 12.5 disposals, 4.3 marks and 1.1 tackles per game. He, unfortunately, won't get an opportunity to serve in a similar role in 2021 following the major injury and will instead turn his focus toward getting right for 2022.
Jarryn Geary
Set to miss action
DSt Kilda Saints
Leg
March 3, 2021
Geary is slated to miss at least the opening rounds as he recovers from a fractured fibula, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Geary delivered 9.8 disposals, 2.8 marks and 1.6 tackles per contest during his 17 2020 appearances but will have to wait to kick off his 2021 season due to a rather severe issue. His exact timeline for return remains a bit cloudy at this juncture but should have a bit more clarity as the regular season approaches.
Liam Stocker
Deemed emergency option
DCarlton Blues
March 3, 2021
Stocker holds an emergency spot ahead of Thursday's Community Series game versus St. Kilda, Cristian Filippo of Carlton's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Stocker seems unlikely to see any action Thursday barring a required late lineup change, but he's at least back in the fold for 2021 after leaving the team last season for personal reasons and not rejoining it later in the season.
Sam Docherty
In lineup for Community Series
DCarlton Blues
March 3, 2021
Docherty (calf) is good to go for the Community Series match versus St. Kilda, Cristian Filippo of Carlton's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Docherty's 2020 season ended with him on the sidelines, but he's back in the mix for the Blues and ready to start as a back. The 27-year-old finished out the 2020 campaign averaging 18.6 disposals -- 13.5 kicks and 5.1 handballs -- and 5.2 marks per contest.
Patrick Ambrose
Still on recovery path
DEssendon Bombers
Foot
March 2, 2021
Ambrose (foot) is still working his way back from an injury dating back to 2020, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Ambrose briefly rejoined the team in June of last season before a Linsfranc injury ended his campaign. That same injury appears to still be bothersome, leaving him without a specific timetable to retake the field at this juncture.
Michael Hurley
No timetable for return
DEssendon Bombers
Hip
March 2, 2021
Hurley faces an unclear timetable to retake the field following a severe hip infection, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Hurley reportedly lost a significant amount of weight while he was in the hospital, leading to the extended recovery ahead. The team should provide more information on his status when he's ready to rejoin the action.
Nic Newman
No immediate return in picture
DCarlton Blues
Kneecap
March 2, 2021
Newman (knee) isn't expected to be in the picture to return within the near future, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Newman was stretchered off with a patella injury in mid-June, which subsequent scan revealed to be a season-ending patella tear. He remains without a specific date to retake the field but could see action at some point in 2021.
Caleb Marchbank
Out for Round 1
DCarlton Blues
Calf
March 2, 2021
Marchbank will miss Round 1 versus the Tigers due to a calf injury, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Marchbank hasn't appeared in an AFL contest since 2019 and will apparently have to wait a little longer to do so because of a calf complaint. The severity of the issue doesn't appear to be too high at this juncture, so there's a chance his season debut is just around the corner.
Darcy Gardiner
Will miss Round 1
DBrisbane Lions
Knee
March 2, 2021
Gardiner underwent a procedure to clean up his knee during the offseason and won't be available for Round 1 versus West Coast, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Gardiner's knee injury dates back to late in the 2020 season but the cleanup procedure occurred in the offseason to help get it back on track. While he wil miss the opener, Gardiner is expected to be back soon after.
Wayne Milera
Out 6-to-9 months with torn patella
DAdelaide Crows
Knee
March 2, 2021
Milera ruptured his ACL in Saturday's practice match versus Port Adelaide and will be sidelined 6-to-9 months, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Milera's 2020 campaign was cut short due to a foot injury, so it's an unfortunate way for things to go for him to open up a new season. Assuming the timeline remains true, the 23-year-old would miss all of the regular season.
Nic Newman
Suffers setback
DCarlton Blues
Kneecap
February 21, 2021
Newman (kneecap) recently suffered a setback in his recovery and is expected to miss Round 1, The Age reports.
ANALYSIS
Newman was reportedly progressing well in his recovery before a recent bout with kneecap inflammation, the severity of which is expected to keep him from beginning the season for the Blues. The club has left the chance of Newman returning in time for Round 2 open, however.
Jesse Hogan
Traded to Giants
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
November 1, 2020
Hogan was traded from the Dockers to the Giants on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Hogan's two seasons with the Dockers were marred by injuries, and he'll get a chance to start fresh with the Giants in 2021. Over the past two seasons, Hogan appeared in 19 games and kicked 18 goals.
Jayden Short
Logs 25 disposals in GF win
DRichmond Tigers
October 24, 2020
Short collected 25 disposals (18 kicks, seven handballs) and made six tackles during Saturday's 81-50 Grand Final win over Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Short saved his best performance of the season for the most important match with a massive all-around performance. Though not always the most consistent player, Short was still one of the most reliable defenders for fantasy during the Tigers run to a second consecutive flag.
Bachar Houli
Injures calf in Grand FInal
DRichmond Tigers
Calf
October 24, 2020
Houli injured his calf during Saturday's 81-50 win over Geelong in the Grand Final, according to Callum Twomey of the league's official website.
ANALYSIS
Houli dealt with injuries at various points throughout the season before some more consistent performances down the stretch. He'l now focus on getting healthy for next season after winning the premiership.
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