By Cameron Smith
The club would like to wish Craig Malone the very best after news came through today that he will be having surgery on Monday for the torn pectoral that he sustained playing for Alex Hills.
Malone joins quite an extensive list of 5 players who are out for the season: Billy Johnson (shoulder), Justin Currie (knee), Darcy Marsh (ankle) and Mitch Stallard (hand).
The current injury list also features the in-form Jack Rolls who is out with an injured hamstring.
Stephen Mills is also out at the moment due to a hamstring injury but will hopefully return in the coming weeks.
Matthew McGannon is awaiting MRI results after injuring his ankle on the weekend, and Lachie McDonald is also unavailable due to a knee injury he sustained in Round 1.
Redland Strength and Conditioning Coach – Cody Fullarton is disappointed for the guys that have suffered these long term injuries after all the effort they have put in, in what will be remembered as the longest ever pre-season.
Cody saying that “It’s devastating to see that our Bombers family has been hit heavily with injuries over the opening rounds.”
Despite all the work that the team put in to reduce injury over the shutdown, it was always expected that there was going to be a spike in injuries, and unfortunately, that has proven to be the case.
“It was always going to be a risk. Mixing a layoff with the Covid-19 restrictions preventing players from training in groups and gyms being closed were always going to make things difficult,” Cody said.
Cody praised the group though for the way they have handled the whole situation saying, “The playing group had incredible levels of professionalism and dedication to maintaining their fitness levels during the lockdown.”
“It was just extremely difficult to mimic the chaotic demands of AFL football, which is why we are seeing so many soft tissue and collision injuries.”
Although all the players are at different clubs this year, the brotherhood is still strong, and Cody will continue to help the players in every way he can.
“We will continue to support all of the brotherhood in whatever way possible to ensure we come out the other side as healthy as possible.”
In positive news, Dan Edwards and Jarrod Huddy have both overcome their hamstring injuries.
Tom Matthews is back from concussion this week, and Clay Cameron and Brodie Foster are both set to play their first games of the year with both of them overcoming their foot injuries.
Craig Malone – Torn Pectoral (surgery Monday)
Matthew McGannon – Ankle (awaiting MRI results)
Jack Rolls – Hamstring
Lachie McDonald – Knee
Stephen Mills – Hamstring
Darcy Marsh – Ankle (season)
Mitch Stallard – Hand (season)
Justin Currie – Knee (season)
Billy Johnson – Shoulder (season)