Scans have revealed Hugh Greenwood has escaped major injury, although the SUNS midfielder will still miss the remainder of the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
Greenwood went down clutching his knee in the first quarter after a teammate fell across his body in a contest.
There were fears the 29-year-old had suffered an ACL tear which would sideline him for up to a year, but SUNS Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull said the results instead showed an injury to the MCL.
“Hugh’s completely ruptured his MCL which is a really significant knee injury,” Bull told the Qscan Injury Update.
“That will see him in a brace for around about six weeks and some rehab after that.
“But pleasingly for Hugh he should be right to go for the start of pre-season.”
Midfielder Lachie Weller will be unavailable this weekend after suffering a concussion in the VFL over the weekend.
“Lachie got concussed in the first quarter of our VFL game so we obviously stopped him playing from there,” Bull said.
“He’ll go through all the concussion protocols over the next week and when he gets through those he’ll be available for selection.”
In positive news, Bull said he expected key forward Josh Corbett to be available for selection after his concussion, while second-year midfielder Noah Anderson would be tested this week as he recovers from a hand injury.
“(Josh) is tracking very well – he’ll train fully today and be able to train later in the week as well so he’ll be available for selection,” Bull said.
“Noah is going really well - he’s got a few tests to tick off this week before he returns to play.
“He’s going to be involved in training today and then later in the week and we’ll see how he goes functionally before we make a decision on Noah for this weekend.”