Injury wrap: Eagles ruck a chance, flag Crow eyes return

WEST Coast is hopeful ruck Parris Laurie will be available this weekend after escaping serious injury in a ruck contest against Fremantle. 

Laurie suffered a cork below her knee and will continue to be assessed this week, alongside Andrea Gilmore (hand) and Demi Liddle (back). 

The Eagles have ruled out winger Niamh Kelly, who hyperextended a finger and also required stitches for the injury, with Brianna Green (ankle) also still sidelined alongside star and club champion Dana Hooker (foot). 

West Coast's Niamh Kelly grimaces in pain after injuring her finger against Fremantle. Picture: AFL Photos

Maddy Collier is available after completing concussion protocols, while Melissa Caulfield has recovered from a hamstring injury. 

Mhicca Carter (foot) and Ashton Hill (knee) are on the club’s inactive list, with Liddle and Katelyn Pope – who debuted against the Dockers – taking their spots in the squad.

Claremont midfielder Jessica Low and wing/forward Sasha Goranova continue to train with the Eagles in case they are required as top-up players.

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Scans have confirmed Gold Coast first-round draftee Annise Bradfield ruptured her ACL against Brisbane on Sunday.

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Teammate Ellie Hampson is facing another week on the sidelines as she continues to rehab a foot injury, with Emma Pittman – who tore her ACL in mid-2019 – listed as 2-4 weeks away.

Highly talented Adelaide forward Chloe Scheer is a chance to make her long-awaited return to the AFLW this weekend, needing to get through the remaining training sessions this week.

Scheer ruptured her ACL in the 2019 Grand Final win, and while she returned to the game in the second-tier Adelaide Footy League mid last year, has struggled with her knee during the AFLW pre-season.

Rachelle Martin (shins) is also a chance to be available for selection this week, but Ailish Considine will miss 1-2 weeks with concussion, after a tackle which saw Giant Tarni Evans suspended for a week.

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It's mixed news for premiership Crows Deni Varnhagen (quad) and Dayna Cox (hamstring), with the former only 1-2 weeks away, but the latter yet to have a timeline on her return.

Lively Melbourne forward Krstel Petrevski has been ruled out for the season after suffering a hamstring injury against Richmond.

Midfielder Maddi Gay (quad) is likely to play her first game for the season against North Melbourne, with Sarah Lampard (ACL) ruled a test.

Defenders Meg Downie (ankle) and Shae Sloane (ACL) are 2-3 weeks away.

At the Western Bulldogs, winger Bailey Hunt has been ruled out this week after injuring her calf in the opening minutes of the side's win over Carlton. Further scans are needed to ascertain just how long she'll be sidelined.

Hannah Scott is steadily regaining match fitness after struggling with a calf strain over Christmas.

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Carlton is set to regain three key players for its important clash with St Kilda: Lucy McEvoy (cheekbone), Gab Pound (hand) and Mua Laloifi (concussion).

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Dasher Brooke Walker remains some way off, with a return to full training pencilled in sometime in the next few weeks.

Recruit Katherine Smith is eyeing off a round five debut for new club GWS, as she continues her rehab from a torn ACL.

Giants defender Annalyse Lister (concussion) needs to get through training this week in order to be available for selection, while draftee Emily Pease (foot sprain) may also be ready for selection.

Brid Stack is continuing her recovery from a fractured vertebra and is still in a neck brace.


It's a much healthier Richmond list than this time last year, but a trio of players are still sidelined.

Yet-to-debut pair Cleo Saxon-Jones (groin) and Emily Harley (foot) have short and medium-term injuries respectively, while midfielder Alana Woodward's calf complaint is also ruled a short-term issue.

Geelong is in a similar position, also with three players on the injury list.

Steady defender Millie Brown (soreness) is a test for this week, having missed the loss to Collingwood, Madisen Maguire is still recovering from a concussion suffered in a VFLW practice match on January 31, while there's still no timeline on star midfielder Nina Morrison's return from a torn ACL.

Nina Morrison in action at Geelong training in November. Picture: AFL Photos

Collingwood defender Ash Brazill is another without a timeline on her ACL recovery.

Maddie Shevlin (wrist) and Abbey Green (knee) are out for the next 2-3 weeks.

It's a clean bill of health for Brisbane, with every player available for selection.

After suffering both a broken leg and a torn ACL in a serious workplace incident in her role as a police officer, Fremantle's Ann McMahon is just 1-2 weeks away from what would be a remarkable debut.

Alex Williams (wrist) and Philipa Seth (hamstring) are also 1-2 away, while new Dockers Tarnee Tester (knee) and Mikayla Morrison (appendicitis) have a little longer to wait, ruled out for the next 4-5 weeks.

Leah Mascall (ACL, season) and Aine Tighe (knee, TBA) are the club's other long-term injuries.

North Melbourne and St Kilda were contacted for their injury lists.

The Dockers have had Ann McMahon (ACL), Alex Williams (wrist) and Aine Tighe (knee) sidelined over the past few weeks.

Kangaroos coach Darren Crocker said he was hopeful Jess Duffin (adductor) would be fit to play this week, while Saint Bianca Jakobsson suffered a corked back upon her return from a broken collarbone.

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