Carlton big man Levi Casboult will remain in Adelaide for several days with lung damage and fractured ribs after being felled against the Crows at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
After playing in his 101st game, Casboult is now expected to miss the next month after being accidentally kneed by Adelaide defender Tom Doedee in the final term.
Carlton general manager of football operations Andrew McKay said in a statement yesterday: “Scans have also confirmed as a result of the fracture, Levi has sustained an injury to the lining of his lung.
“Levi will remain in Adelaide for monitoring over the coming days and while disappointing that this adds to our growing injury list, we understand that senior exposure will only benefit our younger players in the long-term.”
Blues coach Brendon Bolton said he was hopeful key-forward Charlie Curnow and key-defender Caleb Marchbank would return against Essendon on Saturday after being hurt at training last week. Jacob Weitering could also be in the mix after a 28-possession/17-mark effort in the VFL.
From the same game, in-form Adelaide defender Wayne Milera is unlikely to play in Saturday night’s showdown with Port Adelaide after appearing to sustain a hamstring injury. He did not play after halftime in the Crows’ 55-point win over Carlton.
Crows coach Don Pyke said it was too early to say it was a hamstring injury, a contagious problem that has plagued Adelaide all season.
“It’s behind the knee, so we’re going to get that one assessed,” Pyke said.
“It’s a bit early to say it’s a hamstring at this point, so we’ll wait and see with the assessment during the week. It’s in the back of the knee area, it’s in the tendon. Clearly at halftime they (the medical staff) got him out, and got him running after halftime and felt it wasn’t worth taking the risk at that point to push him on.”
Adelaide will regain Rory Sloane, who has missed the past three games with a strained foot, probably Taylor Walker from a hamstring issue, and forward Riley Knight, who was “managed” on the weekend.
“Riley’s a chance to come back for next week along with Taylor and Rory,” Pyke said. “We’ll assess them during the week.”
West Coast midfielder star Luke Shuey is facing three to four weeks on sidelines after ripping his right hamstring just two minutes into Saturday’s 42-point win over Port Adelaide.
“He had a bit of an issue throughout the week, but I think it was his other hamstring,” coach Adam Simpson said.
He could be replaced with midfielder Dom Sheed, who was “managed” because of a foot injury and missed the win over Port, his first absence since 2016.
The Western Bulldogs survived a gallant Gold Coast on Saturday without star on-baller Marcus Bontempelli, who was a late withdrawal with a hip/hamstring problem. Bontempelli had not previously missed a game since the middle of 2015 and had played 67 straight matches. He will be assessed before the Dogs host Brisbane at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
Garry Ablett is certain to resume from a hamstring strain that has kept him out for the past four rounds, against Collingwood on Sunday at the MCG.