There’s been unfortunate news out of this week’s Alpha Sport Injury Update, with key defender Sam Collins set to miss the rest of the season with an ongoing hip injury.

Collins sustained the injury in the Round 9 match against Port Adelaide and had been offloaded for a period on crutches.

Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull told the Alpha Sport Injury Update Collins’ femur did not respond as well as hoped after a gradual increase in load.

“Unfortunately with Sam we’ve undergone some further testing at the six-week mark and we would have liked the swelling in the femur to have responded a bit better than what it has done,” Bull said.

“So Sam will need a further period of de-loading before then we start to re-load that bone moving forwards.

“Unfortunately that period of time will look like that rules him out for the rest of the year.” 

It means Collins will spend the remainder of the season with a focus on preparing his body for next year.

Nick Holman has also succumbed to a stress reaction in his back and will be out indefinitely. 

“Nick’s had a stress reaction in his lower back unfortunately so that will take a period of time for us to de-load the injury and let it all settle down,” Bull said. 

“(We’ll need to) get Nick moving again really well and then progress him back towards training from there.”

In positive news, lively forward Sean Lemmens is expected to return this week from an ankle injury. 

“Sean has trained really well so he’ll train again with the main group this week and then hopefully be available for selection as well,” Bull said.

Click here for the full injury list.