O’hAilpin might miss rest of AFL season

By Roger Vaughan,

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    Greater Western Sydney forward Setanta O’hAilpin could miss the rest of the season as a horror weekend of casualties continued for AFL clubs.

    It appears the Irishman will need a knee reconstruction and teammate Dean Brogan also went to hospital for scans on his injured arm after the Giants lost to Carlton on Sunday by 67 points.

    This was O’hAilpin’s first game of the season and he was playing against his old club.

    West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui was also a late withdrawal from Sunday’s win over North Melbourne, while team-mate Adam Selwood suffered a hand injury.

    The Eagles overcame a big injury list to beat the Kangaroos, with forward Josh Kennedy the latest long-term casualty.

    A rollercoaster season continued for Sydney star Adam Goodes when he hurt his left leg, while St Kilda and Gold Coast appear the worst affected by the weekend’s many injuries.

    Goodes hobbled from the field late in Saturday night’s five-point loss to Adelaide and will have scans on his left hip.

    The two-time Brownlow Medallist was suspended a fortnight ago, then returned to break the club games record and play a key role last Sunday in the big win over Hawthorn.

    The Saints lost defender Sam Fisher with a hamstring injury at halftime in Saturday night’s 35-point loss to Hawthorn at the MCG.

    Fisher’s worth was underlined in the second half when Hawks key forward Lance Franklin had more one-on-one contests and finished with five goals.

    The Saints’ defence was thrown out of balance before the game when ruckman Ben McEvoy was ruled out, forcing tall backman Jason Blake into the ruck.

    McEvoy suffered a knee injury at training last week and will miss four to six weeks.

    Teammate David Armitage ended the game with a jarred back after Hawks captain Luke Hodge cannoned into him, but the Saints are hopeful Armitage will not miss any games.

    The Hawks also had their injury worries post-match, although perhaps not as severe.

    Hodge appeared restricted during the game, while Franklin played out the game despite hurting his shoulder.

    Defender Ben Stratton was very groggy after a clash of heads with Armitage in the first quarter, but returned and played out the game.

    In other injury news from the weekend:

    * Gold Coast tall utility Nathan Bock will miss the rest of the season after breaking two bones in his lower leg. David Swallow (ankle) and Jared Brennan (knee) were also casualties.

    * Essendon forward Stewart Crameri hurt his knee against Brisbane, but the Bombers are confident it is not serious.

    * Fremantle onballer Stephen Hill suffered a corked knee.

    * Collingwood utility Ben Johnson hurt his shoulder again and teammate Alex Fasolo reportedly has knee soreness.

    * Western Bulldogs defender Easton Wood was starring before he went off with a hamstring injury against the Magpies.

    * Geelong star Jimmy Bartel was subbed off with a sore ankle.

    * Future Melbourne player Jack Viney and Demons youngster Jordan Gysberts suffered broken jaws while playing for VFL side Casey on Saturday against Geelong.

    Demons senior coach Mark Neeld would only describe Viney’s clash with Geelong player David Wojcinski as “disappointing” and the incident is sure to come under review.

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