TWO Blues who sustained injuries in the season opener against Richmond will spend the League’s shutdown period rehabilitating back to full health.
Alongside Matthew Kreuzer, Nic Newman and Zac Fisher were injured in the 24-point loss to the Tigers.
Newman dislocated his elbow in the second quarter against Richmond, coming from the ground but returning shortly after.
With the AFL competition not to return until at least 31 May, Director of High Performance Andrew Russell said the Club had opted for surgery on Newman’s injury.
“Amazingly, he came back on and had pretty good function… given the break, we decided to get surgery on that lateral ligament in his elbow,” Russell said.
“We feel it’s going to be an 8-10 week injury, so we feel he should be back maybe when we resume, or very soon after when we resume.
“The good thing for Nic is he will only miss running for a week, so he won’t lose any physical condition at all.”
Fisher also sustained an injury against the reigning premier, with an opposition player falling on his ankle during the game.
While he closed out the match, a scan later revealed a syndesmosis injury.
“These can be quite challenging to manage, but we’ve decided to go conservative and not undertake surgery on this,” he said.
“He’ll be in a boot for 2-4 weeks and then we’ll get him going.
“He should be very close to resuming when we get going. He might play or it might be in the first few weeks after we resume.”
Russell also revealed that Matthew Kreuzer had undergone successful surgery on his foot injury.
For the full injury update, watch the video above.