St Kilda has ruled out Paddy McCartin for a third week while the club awaits further medical assessment before determining when the key forward will return.
McCartin suffered a third concussion in the space of eight games against Gold Coast in Round 15, and has since missed matches against Essendon and Melbourne.
Saints GM of Football Performance Jamie Cox says is still awaiting further information.
“Paddy’s got some more medical reviews this week and until we know what they are we won’t know the longer term picture, but Paddy won’t play this week,” Cox told saints.com.au on Tuesday night.
“He’s training really well, he’s doing everything other than the full contest work and he’s getting a lot of good conditioning work in.
“But until he gets back in to at least a week of full training, he wouldn’t play.
“So he won’t play this week, we’re hopeful beyond that, but it depends on the medical testing that he’s still got to undertake this week.”
Rebounding defender Shane Savage is a chance to return from concussion against Western Bulldogs on Saturday night after missing last Sunday’s 36-point win over the Demons.
“Shane Savage was concussed a couple of weeks ago and he’s going well. He looks like he’s heading in the right direction but really has to train well Thursday night to put himself in the mix for selection this week,” Cox said.
Soft-tissue victims Sam Fisher and Tom Curren are also a chance to return this weekend from hamstring and quadriceps injuries respectively.
Fisher, 34, hasn’t played since straining his hamstring in the lead-up to St Kilda’s trip to Adelaide in Round 11, while Curren has missed the last month.
“Sam Fisher and Tommy Curren are in the frame this week, they’re both up for test on Thursday for their selection,” Cox said.
“They’re both going well, but both touch and go for whether they’ll get up for the weekend.”
Injury Update 19/7/16
Paddy McCartin (concussion) - Indefinite
Shane Savage (concussion) - Test
Sam Fisher (hamstring) - Test
Tom Curren (quad) - Test
Jimmy Webster (hamstring) - 2 weeks