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Mid-season injury update

Injury Report: Round 11 General Manager of Football Performance Jamie Cox takes a look though the current Saints injury list.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Jimmy Webster of the Saints handpasses the ball during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Jimmy Webster is a chance to return against Adelaide in Round 12.

Rebounding defender Jimmy Wester remains a chance to return from a broken hand against Adelaide in Round 12.

General Manager of Football Performance Jamie Cox said Webster’s hand was recovering well but there were still some boxes to tick before the green light was given to return immediately after the mid-season break.

“Due to the injury, he has been able to get a strong conditioning block in and keeps himself in contention to play against Adelaide Friday week,” Cox said.

“He’ll be a test later next we but has recovered pretty well to give himself a chance at this stage.”

Nick Riewoldt is another in contention to face Adelaide as he strives to overcome bone bruising to his left knee.

Cox said Riewoldt’s famous recuperating powers meant he remained a chance but wouldn’t be risked if another week on the sidelines was needed.

“Nick is recovering and we’re hopeful for next week,” he said.

“But at this stage he will be a test later next week and if’s not 100 percent then he might miss another week.”

In good news for the club, Cox confirmed both Tom Hickey and Nathan Wright should return from injury when Sandringham meets Collingwood at Victoria Park on Saturday (12.00pm).

Hickey has spent three weeks on the sidelines after straining the medial ligament in his left knee while playing for Sandringham against North Ballarat in Round 4 of the VFL.

Wright didn’t play at any level last weekend after suffering concussion in the Zebras’ loss to the Northern Blues in Round 6.

The other key Saint on the injury list heading into the mid-season bye is David Armitage who, as indicated last week, is expected to return later in the year after surgery to repair a hernia.

“Dave we’re hoping will play some really strong footy at the back end of the season for us,” Cox said.

“But at this stage we’ve got to wait another two or three weeks to get Dave up and about and running again, and until then it’s difficult to put a definite time-frame on him.”