A WA doctor has urged players to avoid contact with football during Collingmars latest flare-up, calling it a “worst case scenario”.
Key points:Collingwood Medical Director Steve Rocha said the Collingwoods players’ medical team had a “high degree of confidence” in its findings after the gameCellingham’s Aaron Crozier is recovering after a foot injury, while midfielder Matthew Leuenberger and defender Josh Kennedy have both been ruled out with hamstring injuriesThe doctor said Collingworth’s medical staff were “highly confident” in the results of the new medical tests, and were “very worried” about the “high number of players” with hamstring problems.
Collingworth will have a full training camp in a week.
“I’m very concerned about it and I’m concerned about the fact that the players have been injured and the fact they’re not being able to play,” Dr Steve Rucha said.
“We have a high degree of certainty about the medical results, and we’re very worried about that.”
“The players need to understand that this is a serious issue.”
Cox, Leuenberg and Kennedy have been ruled-out with hamstring injuryWhile Ruchas assessment was based on the existing protocols, Dr Rochas team are “extremely concerned” about some of the player’s medical findings, including the number of injuries to players’ feet.
“They’re having a hard time, but I think the AFL have to take a serious look at what they’re doing, and if they’re going to have any influence on our players going forward,” Dr Ruchap said.
Crosier to miss out after thigh injuryCollingridge has confirmed star defender Josh Johnson will miss out with a thigh injury after suffering a thigh strain.
Rucha told the Herald Sun on Sunday the club was “in discussions” with Johnson’s agent about the future.
“Obviously, it’s a huge disappointment for the club,” he said.
“We have been very supportive of Josh in his recovery and our hope is that he’ll be back to full training and playing soon.”
But he admitted it was “a bit of a shock” to the club when Johnson did not return to training this week.
Rocha admitted the Collings are “very much concerned” by the number in Collingowards medical staff, and “have been very, very worried” by a number of medical issues.
“This is a very serious issue,” he told the news website.
“You see a lot of injuries, a lot more than usual.”
It’s a serious situation.
“It’s not a good thing.”
Players are expected to resume training in two weeks.