WEEK three of the JLT Series is done and dusted and there is just one round left before the real stuff kicks off.
So how is your team shaping up in the medical room?
Find out all the latest injury news and who is in the mix for Round 1.
The week got off to a horror start for the Crows with news that youngster Cam Ellis-Yolmen is set to miss the entire season with an ACL injury.
Ellis-Yolmen suffered the injury when he hyper-extended his knee during the first half of Adelaide’s JLT Community Series loss to Richmond.
Meanwhile, a host of Crows are racing the clock to be ready for Round 1.
Rory Sloane (eye), Mitch McGovern (knee), Jake Lever (hamstring) and Paul Seedsman (groin) are all hopeful of getting up for the club’s opening hitout against Greater Western Sydney — but the good news is Adelaide fared pretty well without them against the Cats on Saturday.
Dean Gore was the only casualty from the game, coming off with a very sore head after a brutal tackle from Nakia Cockatoo.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Brisbane Lions, Saturday (Noarlunga)
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It was an eventful week for the Lions, who announced a new captain in Dayne Beams and also knocked off the Western Bulldogs in the JLT Series.
While there were no fresh injuries to come out of the clash at Etihad Stadium, the Lions have three players who will be working through rehabilitation programs in coming weeks.
Allan Christensen had surgery on his injured collarbone last week and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks.
Josh Schache has been ruled out for the remainder of the JLT Series after suffering a low-grade knee injury at training. However, the Lions are hopeful he will be available for Round 1.
Jono Freeman has had minor surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Adelaide, Saturday (Noarlunga)
There weren’t many positives to come out of Saturday’s game for the Blues. Not only did they get smashed by 92 points, they also have some fresh injury concerns to worry about.
Dylan Buckley was struck down early in the game with a leg injury. He now faces a race against the clock to be right to go for Round 1.
Charlie Curnow also left the ground with a shoulder concern.
In positive news, Daniel Gorringe will be back in the selection mix this week after he suffered an Achilles injury in the club’s first JLT clash.
At the time, it looked as though the former Gold Coast Sun was set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines.
Andrew Gallucci is 2-3 weeks away from a return from a shoulder injury while Sam Petrevski-Seton will miss at least another week with a quad injury.
After resting a number of stars against St Kilda, the Blues are planning to name a full-strength squad for the club’s final JLT Series match against Fremantle this week.
Patrick Cripps says he felt good after playing a half against the Saints and will build on that this week with an eye to Round 1 against Richmond.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Fremantle, Friday (Domain Stadium)
Although they went down to a kick after the siren, the Magpies will be pleased to have got through their trip west without any fresh injuries.
However, there was some bad luck during the week with defender Josh Smith suffering an ankle injury at training.
Smith didn’t make the trip to Perth, but is expected to be fine for the club’s Round 1 clash.
But the chances of Daniel Wells playing in Round 1 continue to diminish with the former Roo still suffering from a calf injury.
Coach Nathan Buckley has previously said he would be happy if Wells played 15 home-and-away games this season.
Meanwhile, Ben Reid got through his first hitout since undergoing a PCL operation in the off-season. Reid played in a VFL practice match last week.
The Magpies want to field a full-strength side for their final JLT match.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Richmond, Saturday (Moe)
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The Bombers caught a break during the week with Michael Hurley cleared of any significant damage to his ankle.
Hurley suffered the scare in the club’s JLT hitout against Gold Coast last week.
The star defender is still expected to play in Round 1 and could even get up for the club’s final JLT Series game of the season.
“Michael got a kick to the front of his shin, it pinched the front of his ankle at the same time,” high-performance manager Justin Crow told the club’s website.
“But we’re hopeful as that soreness goes away, he’ll get back into training and still be a reasonable chance for JLT3.”
Cale Hooker is unlikely to play this weekend and could line up in a VFL practice match the weekend before Round 1 in a bid to gain match fitness after battling a hamstring problem.
David Myers continues to work through his rehabilitation from a finger injury. He is expected to return in 4-6 weeks.
Tom Bellchambers is also getting closer to resuming full training.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Geelong, Sunday (Bendigo)
The Dockers were dealt a serious blow on Saturday with off-season recruit Shane Kersten sent to hospital with suspected broken ribs.
The 23-year-old came off second best after being crunched in a marking contest. Kersten played no further part in the match following the knock.
Dockers coach Ross Lyon confirmed the former Geelong forward had gone for X-rays after the match.
“(Football manager) Chris Bond will head off to the hospital now,” Lyon said.
“Hopefully it turns out OK. We’re not too sure. It’s on his chest. It looks like ribs to me.”
Kersten was the only injury for the Dockers in their win over Collingwood.
However, Fremantle will still be without former Gold Coast Sun Harley Bennell for an extended period of time.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Carlton, Friday (Domain Stadium)
Lincoln McCarthy didn’t take any further part in Saturday’s loss to Adelaide after a big bump from Brodie Smith that forced him from the field clutching his left shoulder.
The seriousness of the injury is not yet known.
Otherwise the Cats’ injury room is looking small, with Cory Gregson (foot) the only long-term concern.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Essendon, Sunday (Bendigo)
Jarrod Harbrow, Jack Scrimshaw and Tom Nicholls are all edging closer to making their returns but face a race against time to play in the opening round of the season.
The club is hopeful Gary Ablett, Jarrod Witts and Jarryd Lyons will be available for Round 1.
Sam Day will miss the full season with a hip injury.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Western Bulldogs, (Metricon Stadium)
The Giants’ Friday night clash against cross-town rival Sydney was played in horrible conditions but GWS managed to get through unscathed. Although, after a massive bump from Lance Franklin, we aren’t sure how first-round draft pick Tim Taranto got back up to his feet.
However, the Giants were dealt a serious blow with confirmation high profile recruit Brett Deledio won’t play in the club’s opening-round AFL game after re-injuring his calf.
Giants coach Leon Cameron revealed on Friday that Deledio had suffered another setback.
“It was disappointing to cop that news during the week but we’re confident that he will be back up and running,” Cameron said.
“It’s disappointing for him and it’s always hard when you’re a new player coming from another club that wants to get out there and impress.”
Another off-season recruit, Matt De Boer, has also been ruled out for Round 1 and could miss the first three or four weeks of the season with a hamstring injury.
FINAL JLT GAME: v North Melbourne, Friday (Canberra)
James Frawley has been given the all-clear after suffering a head knock in Hawthorn’s second JLT match against North Melbourne at the end of last month. He trained strongly last week.
Will Langford, who also got a knock to the head, had a couple of light days on the track but the club expects he will be fine for JLT3.
Having missed the club’s opening two JLT matches, Jono O’Rourke, Daniel Howe and Kaiden Brand are in the mix to play this week.
“All three of those guys had fantastic starts to their preparation,” elite performance manager Andrew Russell told the club’s website.
“In the last few weeks they have been a bit modified. They will be in the mix to be selected next week as well which is good.”
There was also some good news for ruckman Jonathon Ceglar, who has resumed running as part of his recovery from an ACL injury.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Port Adelaide, Sunday (Noarlunga)
Former Bomber Michael Hibberd will miss the Demons’ final JLT Series game after his foot was “stomped on” at training.
“We’re just managing some Achilles soreness really. He pulled up a little bit sore after Friday’s session,” elite performance manager Dave Misson told the club website.
“It’s really going to be a management thing, so we’re not going to play him this week and we’ll look to build him up again for Round 1.”
Misson said the club would be cautious with Hibberd after he missed all of last season.
Meanwhile, the Demons’ depth took a hit last week with forward/midfielder Jay Kennedy-Harris suffering a broken arm at a club training session on Friday.
Kennedy-Harris, who was in the mix for a Round 1 spot, is expected to miss between 6-8 weeks.
“He was involved in a tackling contest, during a drill and got a whack on the forearm and came up pretty sore,” elite performance manager Dave Misson said.
“He went in for scans and it showed that he had a break.”
Kennedy-Harris went in for surgery over the weekend.
Dom Tyson is working his way back to full fitness after dislocating his patella tendon during the club’s pre-season camp. Tyson and Neville Jetta (quad) will be in the mix to play in Melbourne’s final pre-season game against West Coast.
FINAL JLT GAME: v West Coast, Thursday (Domain Stadium)
The Kangaroos enjoyed the weekend off ahead of their final JLT Series clash against GWS on Friday.
A couple of high-profile Roos are edging closer to making their returns.
Key forward Ben Brown is in the mix to play Round 1 as well as key defender Lachie Hansen.
Meanwhile, exciting forward Mason Wood is doing everything he can to make his return as early as possible.
Wood was initially forecast to be out for as many as eight weeks, but could return in six.
Jed Anderson won’t play Round 1 as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury and Ben Jacobs will likely miss at least the first month of the season with a foot fracture.
FINAL JLT GAME: v GWS Giants, Friday (Canberra)
Port’s bad day at Mt Gambier got a lot worse when running defender Jasper Pittard pinged his hamstring in the third quarter.
“(It’s) a normal hamstring, I’d imagine, but we’ll have to look at it and scan it. You’d assume that it’s 3-4 weeks,” coach Ken Hinkley said.
Rookie Dan Houston shapes as Pittard’s short-term replacement after impressing in the pre-season.
Chad Wingard finished the game on the bench after copping a corkie but should be OK.
Matthew Broadbent is expected to be fit for Round 1 and Matt White (calf) will play this weekend either for the Power or in an SANFL practice match.
Assistant coach Brendon Lade said on Monday that Angus Monfries is almost ready to resume full contact training.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Hawthorn, Sunday (Noarlunga)
Another win and another clean sheet on the injury front from the Tigers after two JLT Series games.
Ben Griffiths rolled his ankle against Port Adelaide but played on and David Astbury returned and was among Richmond’s best after limping to the bench early in the game.
Dion Prestia was rested but will return against Collingwood on Saturday.
Shaun Hampson (back) and Bachar Houli (hamstring) remain unsighted so far this pre-season and are running out of time to get up for Round 1.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Collingwood, Saturday (Moe)
Could this pre-season be going any better for the Saints? They currently have one of the smallest injury lists in the competition and got through their JLT clash with Carlton on Saturday without adding to it.
Leigh Montagna continues to progress in his comeback from a calf strain. He will be in the mix to play Round 1. The Saints won’t rule out Nathan Freeman (hip) but he must be a long shot given his injury history.
Hugh Goddard won’t be seen until midway through the season because of a leg injury.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Sydney, Sunday (Albury)
The Swans suffered a major blow on Tuesday when Isaac Heeney was diagnosed with glandular fever. The virus is set to force him out of the early home-and-away rounds.
The club is sweating on the availability of Jarrad McVeigh, who injured his calf at training last week and is in doubt to play in Round 1. The Swans will already be without Gary Rohan, who is expected to miss the opening month of the season with a back injury and Tom Papley will be out of action for at least the opening game.
The Swans are hopeful Aliir Aliir will be able to play in the club’s final JLT match against St Kilda on Sunday.
Sam Naismith (shoulder) and Callum Sinclair (knee) both made their returns last week, helping to strengthen the club’s ruck stocks.
Draftee Darcy Cameron has also put his name in the mix for a Round 1 debut after impressing with his ruck work at training.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Sydney, Sunday (Albury)
It is tough to be a ruckman in the west at the moment. Jonathan Giles, Scott Lycett and Nic Naitanui are all in the rehab room.
While Naitanui is unlikely to play this season, Giles and Lycett are making strong progress in their returns.
Giles (thumb) will be in the mix to play this week while Lycett is progressing well from a PCL reconstruction.
The news isn’t as good for Willie Rioli, who is likely to miss at least another two months with a bad hamstring injury.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Melbourne, Thursday (Domain Stadium)
It’s officially an injury curse down at the Western Bulldogs.
The latest Dog to be struck down was luckless defender Roarke Smith who has torn his ACL.
This will be Smith’s second knee reconstruction in 18 months.
Meanwhile, Jordan Roughead is battling through a 6-8 week rehabilitation after injuring his knee in the club’s pre-season opener against Melbourne.
Jack Redpath and Mitch Wallis will also be on the sidelines for an extended period of time.
FINAL JLT GAME: v Gold Coast, Thursday (Metricon Stadium)