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Injury update: Darcy and Hill

High performance manager Jason Weber gives an injury update to Docker TV.

Sean Darcy is expected to miss an extended period of football, with high performance manager Jason Weber confirming the ruckman has injured the PCL in his left knee.

Darcy was one of three Fremantle-listed players to sustain injuries in Peel’s 14-point loss to Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.

Weber said forward Brady Grey sustained a ‘straight forward’ hamstring injury and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, while Michael Apeness is a test with an ankle injury.

“Sean was injured in a marking contest, he came down hard and got a knock to the lateral side of his knee,” Weber said.

“He’s damaged the PCL ligament in his knee, he’s going to be a number of weeks at this stage.

"We’re waiting to ascertain how long that will be based on how he presents.

“He’s up and going at the moment. He’s walking around, albeit in a brace, but he’s very positive and we’re looking forward to getting him back on the field.”

Midfielder Bradley Hill is expected to spend another week on the sidelines due to a knee injury sustained in round two against Essendon.

“Bradley will miss this week but we’ve got strong hopes we’ll get him up and running for next week,” Weber said. 

“At this stage, it’s a day by day proposition. He’s continuing to improve and we’re looking forward to hopefully, getting him on the track next week.” 

Apeness remains a chance to play for the Thunder in round three against Perth at Rushton Park.

“Originally we thought (the injury) would be quite significant but he’s worked very hard over the past 72 hours,” Weber said.

“We’re hopeful we can get him to a test on Thursday and see if we can get him up for a game on the weekend.”

Weber said key forward Hugh Dixon will have the opportunity to spend some time with family in Tasmania as he recovers from an ankle injury sustained on 30 March against East Fremantle. 

“Hugh had quite a solid high-ankle sprain,” Weber said. 

“He’s still in a boot and he’s going to continue his recovery interstate with his family and he’ll come back and work hard during the coming weeks.”

Defender Griffin Logue has advanced in his recovery from a congenital issue with a metatarsal in his foot.

“Griffin’s progressed to some sub-maximal bodyweight running,” Weber said.

“He’s running on a particular treadmill that allows him to run at less than his body weight.

“He’s progressed really well.”

First-year player Stefan Giro continues to make strides in his road to recovery from a knee injury.

“Stefan’s knee is progressing really well and he’s running strongly,” Weber said. 

“We hope to have him back into some football activities in the coming week.”

Defender Lee Spurr is still expected to miss at least a month of football with his knee injury.

“Lee’s progressing slowly, obviously he’s a slightly older player,” Weber said.

“He’s on his feet and running but it’s a day to day proposition. As he improves we continue to push him along so he’ll be a couple weeks yet." 

Cam Sutcliffe, who missed last Saturday’s game for Peel due to concussion, is expected to return this week.

“Cam’s passed all of his concussion based testing, so he’s a test for Thursday,” Weber said. 


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