The Gold Coast SUNS will head into Round 2 of the AFL season with a relatively healthy list to choose from, despite a pair of injuries from the club’s Friday night match practice.
Midfielder Anthony Miles, who had recovered from a torn pectoral muscle sustained in the pre-season, played in Friday’s session but hurt his hamstring in the final quarter of the match.
Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull told the QScan Injury Update it would see Miles miss three to four weeks.
“Anthony after hurting his pec earlier in the year had come back really well and rehabbed really strongly during the COVID period,” Bull said.
“He was playing on Friday and injured his hamstring in the last quarter so unfortunately that will see him set back for a couple of weeks.”
Another casualty from Friday’s hit-out was fellow midfielder George Horlin-Smith who will be out of action for an extended period.
“Just in a tackle George got his foot twisted under Jarrod Witts and unfortunately injured his mid-foot,” Bull said.
“He’s got a mid-foot sprain and a few associated small fractures within his foot so he’ll undergo a period of immobilisation in a boot for the time being and then we’ll reassess his timeframes after that.”
Brandon Ellis will miss Round 2 with a calf injury but is expected to be available in the coming weeks.
“Just at the end of the break with COVID Brandon hurt his calf doing a running session,” Bull said.
“He’s been in rehab since we’ve been back at the club and doing really well with all his strength work.
“He’s running at the moment so we should see him available for selection in the next couple of weeks.”
In good news, Charlie Ballard and Wil Powell will both be available for selection again after overcoming respective shoulder and knee injuries.
Key defender Rory Thompson is also nearing a return from an ACL injury and is expected to build match fitness over the coming weeks.
Rookie Mitch Riordan is now four months post-operation from his ACL injury and is hopeful of resuming running shortly.