Josh Battle, Jack Higgins and Bradley Hill could all be back to face the Suns, as several Saints await medical advice on their return to play.

Battle (concussion), Higgins (knee) and Hill (knee) will all need to pass fitness tests this week to prove their eligibility.

Meanwhile, Jack Billings (thumb) and Seb Ross (hamstring) are set for some time on the sidelines after further medical advice.

“Jack fractured his thumb on Saturday night, so has had surgery to address that this week,” Acting General Manager of Football David Misson said.

“He’s looking at two weeks recovery for that injury.

“Scans have confirmed a grade two hamstring strain for Seb, so he’s probably going to miss 4-6 weeks.”

While the VFL has a bye this week, Matthew Allison and Nick Coffield are closing in on a return, and will train fully with the group this week.

Meanwhile, Dan McKenzie will re-enter a rehabilitation phase, with the hope of a return before the end of the season.


“At this stage, it’s about long-term health for Dan, so while it would be great to see him again this year, we’re not going to rush his recovery,” Misson said.

Zaine Cordy has entered concussion protocols after a collision with Melbourne’s Steven May on Saturday night, while Max King continues to work through the surgical advice following his shoulder injury.

“We’ll know more about Max’s immediate prognosis in the next 48 hours and will share more information when we can.”

Pleasingly Jack Hayes and Angus McLennan played their first VFL games for the year on the weekend, making it through without incident.

Injury list

Josh Battle Concussion Test
Bradley Hill Knee Test
Jack Higgins Knee Test
Matthew Allison Foot Test
Nick Coffield Calf Test
Zaine Cordy Concussion TBC
Max King Shoulder TBC
Daniel McKenzie Calf TBC
Jack Billings Thumb 2 weeks
Tim Membrey Knee 4-5 weeks
Seb Ross Hamstring 4-6 weeks
Updated: Tuesday, 11 July