There were two injuries to come out of the AFLW match against Melbourne last weekend which have been assessed this week.

Lauren Ahrens left the field in the third quarter and wasn’t able to return to the match after being tackled awkwardly close to goal.

SUNS AFLW Physiotherapist Indianna Franke said the scans had come back positively and the key defender would be a test for this week’s match.

“We sent Lauren for a scan after the incident on the weekend and that has shown she’s sustained an injury to one of her deep hip muscles,” Franke told the Qscan AFLW Injury Update.

“While there is a small tear there, Lauren has been quite functional since and will be further tested at the end of this week before we make a call on her availability.”

Versatile forward Kalinda Howarth sustained a shoulder injury late in the final quarter and didn’t return to the field.

“Scans for Kalinda this week have shown she has a minor injury to her shoulder,” Franke said.

“She’ll rest over the next few days and we’ll monitor how her shoulder progresses later in the week before deciding whether she will be available for Round 6.”

In positive news, Tori Groves-Little is progressing through the concussion protocols and is expected to be available for selection again this weekend.

Groves-Little has missed the last two matches but is expected to clear the protocols in the coming days.

Meanwhile, inactive player Annise Bradfield has also returned to full contact training in her return from an ACL injury.

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