AFL teams news, whispers, updates, Round 4 2022

Essendon will be without its star forward for another week.

Plus Brisbane will unleash a debutant, while the Giants will strongly consider unveiling their top draftee.

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ESSENDON will be without Jake Stringer for another week, with the star forward to miss Sunday’s clash against Fremantle.

Bombers coach Ben Rutten confirmed Stringer has still “got a bit of a hamstring” issue after being ruled out of last weekend’s win over Adelaide.

“We’ll keep building him up to be right for the rest of the season,” Rutten said.

In better news, Rutten said utility Nick Cox and defender Tom Cutler should be available for selection this week.

FREMANTLE faces a selection squeeze for its clash against Essendon, with as many as three players set to return from injury.

Dockers coach Justin Longmuir told 7 News Perth that young gun midfielder Caleb Serong (knee) was “progressing really well” and would probably play if he can complete training this week.

Longmuir added that Darcy Tucker (concussion) and Alex Pearce (ankle) were “very likely” to face the Bombers.

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Young Dockers Neil Erasmus and Nathan O’Driscoll would be seen as likely contenders to make away for any of the aforementioned players having only come into the starting 22 in the past fortnight.

But O’Driscoll has kicked three goals from his two games, while the top-10 pick Erasmus has accumulated 18 and 15 disposals respectively.

“We’ve had players that have been in good shape at Peel miss out all year and this week will be no different,” Longmuir said. 7 News Perth.

“We’re in a good position as a club.

“We’ve got players in good shape across two teams and that keeps pressure on for the guys in the team to perform.”

BRISBANE will unveil a debutant in its marquee Thursday night clash against Collingwood, with exciting small forward Kai Lohmann to play his first AFL game.

A GWV Rebels product, Lohmann was taken by Brisbane in the 2021 AFL draft at Pick 20, which was the final selection of the first round.

Lohmann has impressed at VFL level so far this year, booting nine goals – including five against North Melbourne – and averaging 17.3 disposals, 5.7 marks and 3.0 tackles.

“Kai has a great skill set to be an exciting player for the footy club,” Lions recruiting boss Stephen Conole told the club’s website after Lohmann was drafted.

‘He is extremely strong overhead for his size, has quick feet and an attacking mindset in the way he likes to play the game.’

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COLLINGWOOD coach Craig McRae has revealed recruit Nathan Kreuger will return on Thursday night for the team’s clash with Brisbane.

Crossing from Geelong in the off-season, Kreuger impressed in his first game for the Pies against Adelaide in Round 2 before suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter of the game.

But the 22-year-old will come back into the side and replace Brody Mihocek (health and safety protocols) as a key target in attack.

“We brought young Kreuger to play a role. He showed some really good signs and then hurt his shoulder, so he gets another opportunity this week. He’s back in the team, ”McRae told 3AW’s Sportsday.

“Hopefully he can remain injury-free to see if he can fill that (key forward) void for us.”

The Magpies will be without Jamie Elliott for several months after he suffered a serious shoulder injury last week, while Jack Ginnivan will also miss against the Lions with soreness.

But other reinforcements are on the way. Taylor Adams will return from Covid protocols to provide a boost in the Magpies’ engine room, while Jordan De Goey comes back from his one-game suspension. Key defender Jordan Roughead could also return after playing in the VFL last weekend following off-season shoulder surgery.

Mason Cox will also be in the mix after a strong VFL outing against Northern Bullants.

The GIANTS will welcome back Matt Flynn to replace the suspended Braydon Preussbut will also consider bringing in a second ruck to help combat Melbourne’s dangerous duo for Saturday night’s clash.

Preuss, who was the Giants’ sole recognized ruck in the loss to Fremantle, was handed a one-match sanction for striking Dockers veteran David Mundy.

Giants coach Leon Cameron confirmed Flynn would get an opportunity against the Demons, but added the club’s match committee would make a call later on Wednesday whether they’d also bring in Kieren Briggs or choose to partner Flynn with Lachie Keeffe, who was the second ruck against the Suns in Round 3.

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Cameron confirmed star Lachie Whitfield would be fine despite being “a bit sore” in his knee after an incident against the Dockers. He added a call would be made on All-Australian defender Nick Haynes on Wednesday afternoon after he completed training earlier, but suggested it was “more positive than negative he will play”.

The Giants’ top 2021 draft pick, gun midfielder Finn Callaghanwill also be “heavily discussed” by the club’s match committee after three impressive VFL performances.

“He’s really progressing and clearly now he’s starting to knock on the door,” Cameron told reporters.

“We’re really mindful because he missed most of the pre-season with his toe and we still manage his load throughout the week so he’s right for the weekend.

“He’s played six games in a row – clearly the VFL but also practice games as well – and so he’s now starting to progress to that match fitness of playing AFL footy.

“Clearly he’s a highly talented player and when he does get his opportunity – whether that be this week, next week or the week after – we’re going to see a really exciting young player. We’re rapt with the way he’s progressing and, touchwood, he stays sound so he can play. ”

MELBOURNE premiership forward Ben Brown will miss a third consecutive game after his two-match VFL suspension was downgraded to one.

Brown has missed the Demons’ last two wins over Essendon and Port Adelaide after entering the AFL’s health and safety protocols.

It means Sam Weideman will get another opportunity to spearhead the club’s forward line against the Giants.

Weideman booted a career-best four goals in his first game of the season against Essendon when he came in for Brown, but was held goalless against the Power.

“It’s competitive for spots and Browny knows that,” Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin said.

“He knows it’s a very competitive forward line to play in. He’s got a big bank of evidence of the way that he plays to really high levels, so we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

“Obviously, missing another week of footy is not ideal. We would have loved for him to be back playing AFL footy. That’s not the case this week, so we’ll sit down and assess that next week. We’ll certainly miss Browny. “

Harrison Petty returned from calf surgery via the VFL last week and will be in the frame for a senior recall.

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