AFL Injury report – Round 4, 2011 – Stratton PCL problem

Saturday night saw the Hawks dominate the Tigers in the wet at the MCG and had many commentators talking up the Hawks Premiership credentials but could Saturday night have done more to hurt the Hawks flag chase then it did to help it? The reason being the third quarter serious knee injury to defender Ben Stratton. Initially it was obvious that he had dislocated his knee cap but as the week went on, it came to light that he had also ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his right knee and had surgery during the week. Stratton provided a vital piece to a much maligned Hawks defense. The Hawks also had minor worries with Sam Mitchell and Michael Osbourne added too their injury list but both said to be tested this week.

The team other team that has a growing injury list is the Adelaide Crows. To add to an already long list, they also add round 1 hero, Phil Davis, Rory Sloane and Richard Douglas. The Crows had a terrible run with injuries last year and it isn’t looking any better this year. They have what should be an easier game this week with the Power although the Power will want to put up a hard battle in the Showdown with cross town rivals. In other news, serial injury listed Bomber, Scott Gumbleton is again facing time on the sideline with a hammy injury. This is effecting the Bombers at the moment as they are dominating!


Hawks have just released that Ben Stratton will be out for the rest of the year. Sad news for him but means others will get the chance to stand up! Here is the release:

Hawks defender Ben Stratton will miss the remainder of the 2011 AFL Premiership Season due to a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his right knee.

The young defender dislocated his knee in the third quarter of the Hawks’ 63 point win over Richmond on Saturday night and underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair his PCL and have the lateral ligament in his right knee stabilised.

Guided by the advice of his surgeon, Dr Julian Feller, the Club will manage Stratton’s rehabilitation with his long-term career in mind, looking towards returning to play next season.

Hawthorn’s General Manager Football Operations Mark Evans said that whilst the news is disappointing, Stratton will be given plenty of support in the months ahead.

“Ben is a quality young man with a good future at Hawthorn. We are determined to make sure he has the best possible recovery and rehabilitation from this injury,” said Evans.

“Whilst we are disappointed to lose Ben for the season, the longer term management for his playing career is far more important.”

Melbourne have also just confirmed that Scully will mis another 6 weeks.


Here is the full list:


Ian Callinan (bicep) – indefinite

James Craig (hamstring) – 4 weeks

Phil Davis (shoulder) – 3-4 weeks

Michael Doughty (corked leg) – test

Richard Douglas (hip) – test

David Mackay (shoulder) – indefinite

Jason Porplyzia (shoulder) – indefinite

Sam Shaw (hamstring) – 3-4 weeks

Rory Sloane (thumb/jaw) – 3-4 weeks

Daniel Talia (achilles) – 2-3 weeks

Bernie Vince (ankle) – test


Brisbane Lions

Callum Bartlett (knee) – indefinite

Jonathan Brown (face) – 6 weeks

Jamie Charman (achilles) – indefinite

Xavier Clarke (knee) – 2 weeks

Josh Drummond (quad) – 1week

Matt Maguire (quad) – 2 weeks

Bart McCulloch (quad) – 2 weeks

Brent Staker (knee) – indefinite



Paul Bower (ankle) – test

Ryan Houlihan (calf) – 2-3 weeks

Matthew Kreuzer (knee) – 2-3 weeks

Luke Mitchell (shoulder) – indefinite

Setanta O’hAilpin (ankle) -test



Nathan Brown (knee) – season

Tom Hunter (neck) – retired

Ben Sinclair (leg) – 4 weeks

Josh Thomas (foot) – 1-2 weeks



Scott Gumbleton (hamstring) – 2 weeks

Anthony Long (hamstring) – indefinite

David Myers (scaphoid) – 4 weeks

Tayte Pears (foot) – ongoing assessment



Michael Barlow (broken leg) – TBC

Ben Bucovaz (hamstring) – 1-2 weeks

Roger Hayden (foot) – 8-10 weeks

Clayton Hinkley (knee) – 1-2 weeks

Joel Houghton (broken arm) – 10 weeks

Garrick Ibbotson (ankle) – test

Anthony Morabito (knee) – season

Tendai Mzungu (knee) – 6-8 weeks

Tim Ruffles (knee) – TBC

Byron Schammer (hip) – 2 weeks

Alex Silvagni (illness) – test



Shannon Byrnes (knee) -3 weeks

Marcus Drum (quad) – 1-2 week

Tom Lonergan (calf) – test

Andrew Mackie (ankle) – test

David Wojcinski (achilles) – test


Gold Coast

Jeremy Taylor (groin) – 6 weeks

Joel Wilkinson (knee) – 2-4 weeks



Johnson (foot) – TBC

Langford (groin) – 3 weeks

Menegola (wrist) – 2-3 weeks

Mitchell (hamstring tightness) – test

Morton (foot) – TBC

Osborne (calf tightness) – test

Stratton (knee) – Season



Robert Campbell (achilles) – 6 weeks

Colin Garland (knee) – test

Jordie McKenzie (groin) – 4 weeks

Tom Scully (knee) – 6 weeks


North Melbourne*

Ryan Bastinac (knee) – indefinite

Matthew Campbell (hamstring) – 4 weeks

Ayden Kennedy (knee) – season

Ed Lower (knee) – indefinite

Hamish McIntosh (achilles) – indefinite

Marcus White (shoulder) – indefinite


Port Adelaide

Dom Cassisi (tibial fracture) – 5-7 weeks

Ben Jacobs (glandular fever) – 2 weeks

Matthew Lobbe (dislocated shoulder) – 2-3 weeks

Ben Newton (ankle) – 3 weeks

Simon Phillips (jaw) – 1-2 weeks

Steven Salopek (hamstring soreness) – test

Nick Salter (foot) – 5-6 weeks

Jay Schulz (knee) – 5 weeks



Ben Griffiths (shoulder) – ongoing assessment

Tom Hislop (knee) – 1-2 weeks

Kelvin Moore (hip) – 1-2 weeks


St Kilda*

Steven Baker (foot) – TBA

Paul Cahill (quad) – TBA

Michael Gardiner (knee) – 4 weeks

Jarryn Geary (fibula) – TBA

Lenny Hayes (knee) – season

Tom Ledger (hamstring) – 1-2 weeks

Dean Polo (finger) – TBA


Sydney Swans

Daniel Bradshaw (knee) – indefinite

Campbell Heath (knee) – 2-3 weeks

Nick Malceski (knee) – 6-8 weeks

Lewis Roberts-Thomson (calf) – test

Matt Spangher (quad) – test

Byron Sumner (calf/shin) – test


West Coast

Jordan Jones (toe) – 1 week

Mark LeCras (adductor) – 4-6 weeks

Chris Masten (knee) – 4 weeks

Ryan Neates (abdomen) – 5 weeks

Beau Waters (elbow tendon) – 12 weeks


Western Bulldogs

Ryan Hargrave (ankle) – 4weeks

Brodie Moles (ankle) – 1 week

Jason Tutt (foot) – 1 week

Easton Wood (ankle) – 8 weeks


  1. […] biased Hawks supporters opinion) Hawthorn backline is looking for a new member this week with the unfortunate injury to rising star, Ben Stratton, who ruptured his PCL in last weeks win against the Tigers. But as Clarkson likes to say, an injury […]

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