Patrick Cripps, Lance Franklin, Nic Naitanui, Jamie Elliott among casualties

Coach Michael Voss wasn’t sure how long Cripps would be missing from his line-up for, but while it didn’t look like a serious injury, Voss wasn’t taking anything for granted.

Patrick Cripps after round four.

Patrick Cripps after round four.Credit:Getty Images

“I think it’s only minor, but I’ve had scenarios before where you say that, and it turns out to be something else,” Voss said after the loss.

“We’ll just wait and find out and do the assessment as needed and make some calls on what happens from there.”

Gold Coast youngster Jack Lukosius appeared to suffer a knee injury late in the Suns’ win and could be in doubt to take on St Kilda this week.

“[We’ve got] no information yet as to what his medical condition is like, ”coach Stuart Dew said post-match.

“Fingers crossed that it’s not too bad, and he can play soon.”

Sydney expect champion Lance Franklin to miss up to three weeks after breaking his finger during the Swans’ thrilling 11-point win over North Melbourne at the SCG on Saturday.

Nick Blakey inspects Lance Franklin's finger after the match.

Nick Blakey inspects Lance Franklin’s finger after the match.Credit:Getty Images

Franklin suffered the injury attempting a tackle. Franklin was due to meet a specialist on Monday afternoon, with coach John Longmire revealing he was likely to have a minor operation on the finger.

Jamie Elliott leaves the field injured.

Jamie Elliott leaves the field injured. Credit:Getty Images

The expectation is it will sideline the 35-year-old for two or three games, meaning he could return for Sydney’s round seven clash at home to Brisbane or the following week against the Gold Coast.

The news was a lot worse for Collingwood small forward Jamie Elliott, who could miss as much as three months after suffering a nasty AC joint injury after he was tackled heavily by West Coast’s Jamaine Jones at Marvel Stadium on Saturday. Elliott will undergo surgery to repair the joint.

“It’s not a great result for us. He’s a pivotal part of what we do, and we care deeply for him, ”Collingwood coach Craig McRae said of Elliott.

It continues a wretched run with an injury for the 29-year-old, who has missed 71 of a possible 139 games in the past seven years.

Geelong midfielder Quinton Narkle will miss the Easter Monday clash against Hawthorn after suffering a lateral ligament injury late in the tight game against the Brisbane Lions when he was caught under teammate Patrick Dangerfield in a contest.

The Cats were relieved Narkle had not suffered a fracture and the 24-year-old will begin a rehabilitation program immediately with his timeline on the sidelines dependent on how his body responds.

Narkle was an unused medical sub in round two but had an impact on Friday night when a late inclusion, kicking a goal in the third quarter.

Port Adelaide midfielder Ollie Wines has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Carlton at least after being subbed out of Thursday night’s match against Melbourne at half-time, suffering from nausea, dizziness and heart palpitations.

The Brownlow medallist spent the night in hospital as a precaution and was discharged on Friday after the heart irregularity resolved itself, but he remained under observation at home on the weekend.

Fortunately for Wines, the heart issue was not serious, and a link between his condition and COVID-19 vaccines has been ruled out. He will remain under observation in the short term.

“It’s nothing to do with that. It’s completely unrelated, ”Wines said.

“It’s more of a heart rhythm issue that is pretty common in elderly people and elite athletes.

“Once it was explained to me, it was very reassuring and there aren’t too many long-term effects.

“The prognosis is really positive. I’ve got a few more tests to come and see the cardiologist again but at this stage it’s not a big issue.

“I’m 100 per cent back to normal thanks to the staff at Calvary [Hospital] – the doctors and nurses really looked after me and I’m 100 per cent fine. There were a few little issues, but they’ve been rectified now.

“I’ll miss this week at this stage, but there are some more tests to look into this week just to get a bit of an idea of ​​a timeframe but hopefully not too much footy [will be missed].


“It was [a bit scary] during the game and then after the game when I went off to hospital and they rushed me off when they saw something was wrong, but the Calvary staff, the cardiologist and nurses there were so reassuring and really put my mind at ease. ”

It’s unclear whether Wines’ teammates Trent McKenzie (knee) or Scott Lycett will take on the Blues. McKenzie was a late withdrawal against the Demons, while Lycett dislocated his shoulder in the second quarter, although he managed to play out the game.

“Talk about being in the wars, Trent has been in them,” Hinkley said post-match.


“He’s had another little incident somewhere between last week’s game and getting ready to play this week, and it looks like his knee’s not quite right, so we’ll investigate that further.”

In a statement, the Power said Lycett “will be monitored as the week progresses”.

Hawthorn defender Will Day will miss the Hawks’ Easter Monday clash with Geelong after he was concussed in his collision with St Kilda ruckman Paddy Ryder.

“He’s a bit battered, he’s a bit sore, and sorry for himself … it’s not ideal,” Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell said of the Day.

“He entered the concussion protocols, so we’ll wait and leave that with the medical team and assess him through the week and look after him.”

North Melbourne hard nut Cam Zurhaar will also be sidelined this week due to concussion after his heavy clash with Sydney’s Paddy McCartin.

Geelong’s Quinton Narkle could be set for a stint on the sidelines after appearing to badly hurt his ankle against Brisbane on Friday night and needing to be subbed out.

“I’m repeating what the medical staff told me. The mechanism was quite severe, ”Cats coach Chris Scott said post-match.

“They were a little bit worried about it, but a bit more optimistic that it’s not a really serious one.

“It’ll take a bit of time to tell. Those things tend to swell up pretty quickly and can hide some of the real damage. ”

Fremantle defender Alex Pearce is under a cloud after injuring his ankle in the warm-up before the Dockers’ win over GWS on Saturday night and subsequently pulling out of the game very late, however, caretaker coach Jaymie Graham said youngster Caleb Serong (knee) was a good chance of returning against Essendon on Sunday at Marvel Stadium.

Essendon’s Will Snelling is expected to be sidelined for “a short period”, according to caretaker coach Blake Caracella, after suffering another calf injury against Adelaide on Sunday, and taking no part in the second half having just returned from a calf issue. It’s unclear as yet if it was a recurrence of the same calf complaint that kept him out for the first three games.

Adelaide’s Mitch Hinge is in doubt to face Richmond next week due to a hip injury, but Crows coach Matthew Nicks said Paul Seedsman was “improving rapidly” from his concussion issues, having not yet played this season.

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