High performance manager Jason Weber has given a promising update on tall forwards Matt Taberner and Jesse Hogan, in the latest Envision Medical Imaging injury update.
After missing Friday’s match simulation, Taberner returned to full training on Monday.
“In our first interclub practice match a week ago Matt, injured an old back injury that he had,” Weber said.
“That was treated through the week, it’s pulled up really well and we expect him in full training this week.”
Hogan played all of Friday’s match simulation with Weber saying the forward pulled up well.
“Jesse’s doing really well. His fitness was very good coming in. What he hadn’t done was a lot of football practice,” Weber said.
“We progressed him through and were working with him one-on-one to see what he could handle and he was very happy with how things went.
“He recovered very well from Friday’s game so we’re looking forward to seeing how he pulls up this week.”
Fellow forward Sam Sturt remains a chance to retain his place for the round two Brisbane clash after showing promising signs in the match sim.
“Sam injured his lower back during his isolation phase when he was in Perth after returning from Victoria,” Weber said.
“He trained with the group on Friday for a little bit more than we expected.
“He pulled up really well, we expect him in training this week and to have him available for match selection.”
Weber said Cam McCarthy would be eased back into training.
“Cam had a light training session on Friday,” Weber said.
“We expect him to train with the group this week and we’re looking forward to having him available for match committee.”
While Liam Henry has recovered from a dislocated kneecap injury sustained prior to the 2019 draft, Weber said the young forward will be given more time to build his strength.
“We’re working to get some mass on Liam’s quads to protect those knee caps,” Weber said.
“We anticipate his availability in the very near future.”
While the likes of Joel Hamling, Alex Pearce and Sam Switkowski won’t be available to play in round two, they will travel with the team and work on their injury rehabilitation on the Gold Coast.
“Joel’s doing really well. Obviously, he’s had a well published ankle injury that’s quite complex,” Weber said.
“It’s required another round of surgery but Joel’s pulled up really well and we’re hopeful of that progressing in a timely manner.
“Similarly, Alex had a big ankle injury last year. He’s progressing really well from his latest surgery and we hope to see him on the field really soon.
“They’ll be rehabbing with us for the entire time we’re in the hub.”
|PLAYER||INJURY||ESTIMATED RETURN TIME|
|Stefan Giro||Knee||2 weeks|
|Liam Henry||Knee||4 weeks|