Dougal Howard will miss more than a month of football after suffering a left hamstring injury from Sunday’s AAMI Community Series game against North Melbourne.

The key defender came from the field during the final quarter of Sunday’s match, with subsequent scans revealing a significant hamstring strain.

“Dougal has been dealt an unlucky blow, especially so close to the start of the season,” EGM of Football David Misson said.

“Despite the setback, we’re confident Dougal will approach his rehab diligently and will make himself available at the earliest opportunity."

Mattaes Phillipou will undergo further treatment after sitting out the second half of Sunday’s game with hip soreness, however is expected to be available for selection in less than a fortnight to face Geelong.

Josh Battle (knee) is similarly expected to be in frame for Round 1 after missing this weekend’s practice match as a precautionary measure, while Zak Jones has resumed full training after exiting concussion protocols.

Paddy Dow will spend some additional time on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from a bruised knee, meanwhile, Jack Sinclair (calf) and Marcus Windhager (hand) will need to pass respective tests in the coming weeks if they are to put themselves into selection consideration.

“Jack and Marcus are progressing well in their rehabilitations and we are pleased with their progress to-date,” Misson said.

“Jack received a positive result from a follow-up scan last week and will look to reintegrate to the main program this week.

“Marcus’ injury is healing well and we are hopeful he will be in the mix for selection in Round 1.”

Injury list

Josh Battle Knee Available
Zak Jones Concussion Available
Mattaes Phillipou Hip Test
Jack Sinclair Calf 1-2 weeks
Marcus Windhager Hand 1-2 weeks
Dan Butler Ankle 2-3 weeks
Hunter Clark Calf 3-5 weeks
Paddy Dow Knee 3-5 weeks
Jack Hayes Knee 4-5 weeks
James Van Es Ankle 4-5 weeks
Ben Paton Pectoral 12-16 weeks
Updated: Tuesday 5 March