Luke Jackson will be sidelined for Friday night’s AAMI Community Series clash with Port Adelaide under the AFL’s concussion protocols. 

The forward/ruck experienced delayed concussive symptoms on the Monday following Freo’s pre-season match simulation against West Coast at the weekend – and sat out of main training on Tuesday morning. 

Executive General Manager of Football Joe Brierty says Jackson is recovering well. 

“In Saturday’s match simulation, Luke was assessed on-field following an incident with Reuben Ginbey. At the time of the assessment, he was passed fit to play,” Brierty said. 

“Luke was fine on Saturday night and Sunday but experienced a delayed onset headache on Monday afternoon that worsened as the day went on. 

“He has been placed into the concussion protocols and is progressing well.” 

Nathan O’Driscoll is also expected to be sidelined for the short term after experiencing inflammation in his knee following the weekend’s match simulation. 

“Nathan has pulled up sore from the weekend with a significant amount of inflammation and swelling over his knee,” Brierty said. 

“There is no significant structural damage to the knee joint, but we will wait for the inflammation to subside, and he will be transitioned back into football. 

“At this point, we have no clear timeline on his return to play, although we are hopeful it will be short-term.” 

 The pair join Michael Frederick who has also been ruled out of Freo’s AAMI Community Series fixture with a minor hamstring complaint. 

 Friday’s match-up against Port will be the final official hitout before Freo’s round one fixture against Brisbane on Sunday 17 March – with tickets now available here