Injury wrap: Who's been ruled out, who's in doubt for round one?

SUPERSTAR Adelaide onballer Erin Phillips headlines a list of players who have been officially ruled out for the start of the 2020 NAB AFL Women's Competition.

An additional nine women are now promoted train-on players who can train with the club for the entire week (instead of one session), but are unable to play until there are fewer than 23 fit players available.

Phillips was always in a race against time to be fit for round one following the ACL injury she suffered in last year's Grand Final, while ruck Rhiannon Metcalfe (ACL) is also still unavailable.

Phillips clutches her injured knee in the 2019 Grand Final. Picture: AFL Photos

Chloe Scheer has needed an arthroscope on her reconstructed knee but is expected to play this season, while Deni Varnhagan (knee) is four weeks away.

The Crows have upgraded midfielders Czenya Cavouras and Rachelle Martin after Ruth Wallace (personal) and Chelsea Randall (ACL) were ruled out for the season.

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Brisbane forward Jess Wuetschner is steadily building fitness after taking some time off to recover from a lightning strike. If not selected for round one, she is expected to play next week, while teammate Arianna Clarke (quad) is a test.

Jess Wuetschner is recovering after being struck by lightning. Picture: AFL Photos

Lauren Brazzale was stretchered off after a heavy clash in the practice match against North Melbourne but has been cleared for Carlton's round one team. 

Emerson Woods is likely to be sidelined until round two or three with a foot injury.

Steve Symonds has a relatively healthy squad to choose from for his first game in charge of Collingwood, with Ruby Schleicher (knee) the biggest concern. She's touch-and-go for round one.

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Fremantle ruck Aine Tighe ruptured her left ACL in the practice match against Adelaide and will miss the whole season. Midfielder Ann McMahon will also miss the season with a broken left leg and an ACL injury in her right knee after a workplace incident on Christmas Eve.

Matilda Sergeant is dealing with a hip issue, while Alex Williams is aiming for return from a knee reconstruction around round six.

Geelong has a relatively clean bill of health, although draftees Mia Skinner (stress reaction in her femur) and Gemma Wright (mental health) have been ruled out for the season.

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This has paved the way for former Cat Elise Coventry to become an upgraded train-on player after recovering from a torn ACL.

All Australian Meg McDonald is out for four rounds after surgery on a broken right pinkie finger, but classy trio Nina Morrison (ACL), Olivia Purcell (shoulder) and Melissa Hickey (knee soreness) are expected to play Fremantle, provided they get through training.

Father-daughter signing Millie Brown (sprained ankle) is also expected to make her debut.

Millie Brown, pictured with father Paul, is expected to make her debut in the Cats' season opener. Picture: AFL Photos

Gold Coast has three injuries on its books ahead of its first game, with defenders Kitara Whap-Farrar (knee, 2-3 weeks), Emma Pittman (ACL, season) and midfielder Ellie Hampson (ankle, 3-4 weeks) out of action.

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All's quiet on the Greater Western Sydney front, with no major injuries. Macquarie Uni's Elizabeth Graham has officially replaced the retired Amanda Farrugia as an upgraded train-on player.

Ruck Lauren Pearce (knee) and midfielder Lily Mithen (ankle) are set to miss three weeks each for Melbourne

Ainslie Kemp (ankle), Tegan Cunningham (quad) and Kate Hore (shoulder) are all touch-and-go for round one, with Kemp the least likely of the three to play.

With Katherine Smith and Shae Sloane (torn ACLs) out for the season, 2017 All-Australian forward Sarah Perkins and ex-Docker and Blue Kirby Bentley are now upgraded train-on players.

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The only player in doubt at North Melbourne is defender Jasmine Grierson, who had cartilage surgery on her knee back in December. She's been slightly behind her teammates as a consequence and is a test for this week.

Richmond's Iilish Ross (foot), Cleo Saxon-Jones (foot) and Kate Dempsey (back) have all been graded as medium-term injuries and will be unavailable in round one.

Iilish Ross will miss Richmond's first match with a foot injury. Picture: AFL Photos

Midfielder Grace Campbell has a short-term hip injury and will also miss the season opener.

Emily Harley's shoulder injury has ruled her out for the season, allowing Hannah McLaren to be upgraded to the train-on list. McLaren is a defender and the daughter of former AFL umpire Scott McLaren.

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It's all clear at St Kilda, with a full squad to choose from ahead of the club's first game against the Western Bulldogs.

There are just three players unavailable for West Coast's first ever AFLW match, with Melissa Caulfield (knee, two weeks), Brianna Green (general soreness, one week) and Alicia Janz (meniscus, season) on the sidelines.

As previously reported, Andrea Gilmore has replaced Janz for the season as a promoted train-on player.

Alicia Janz and Melissa Caulfield are unavailable for the Eagles. Picture: AFL Photos

Western Bulldogs vice-captain Brooke Lochland suffered a hamstring strain at training and will miss the first one to two weeks of the season, while father-daughter signing Isabella Grant is in a moonboot for a bruised toe and will be reassessed next week.

Captain Ellie Blackburn (hand) is a likely starter for round one, but recruit Ashleigh Guest is set to miss the early portion of the season after suffering damage to both her left ankle and knee in a training drill in January.

With Aisling Utri stepping away from football this year due to hockey commitments, Bulldogs VFLW ruck Nicole McMahon has been upgraded to the train-on list.