CARLTON will take a short injury list into the two remaining rounds of 2019.
Director of High Performance Andrew Russell provided an update on three Blues ahead of the Round 22 clash with St Kilda.
Russell confirmed the details around defender Liam Jones’ injury, after it was announced on Monday that he will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured larynx.
“‘Jonesy’ fractured his larynx during the game. He got a hip-and-shoulder to the throat, which is a pretty unusual injury,” Russell said.
“He did a scan and found the fracture to his larynx. If we were still going in the season longer than next week, it’d probably be 3-5 week injury.”
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David Cuningham made his return to football for the Northern Blues a week ago against Collingwood, playing limited game time at Marvel Stadium.
However, the dynamic forward was unsighted at any level on the weekend: Russell shed some light on Cuningham and provided an update on his availability.
“‘Cunners’ played VFL the week before and he didn’t quite have the power in his posterior knee that he had been struggling with for some time,” he said.
“We took him out, he did a conditioning block and he moved well today.
“He’ll be a test at the end of the week to see if he’s got 100 per cent of his power in that leg.”
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It’s positive news for key forward Mitch McGovern, who pulled up well following his return to senior football against the Tigers.
“‘Gov’ played his first game in five weeks. We were pleased with the way he moved, his numbers were really good,” he said.
“His repeat ability was better than what we saw five weeks ago, and as importantly he pulled up well.
“He trained today and we expect him to have a full week on the track this week, fully fit and ready to go on Saturday.”