It was a night of carnage at Giants Stadium.
Plus West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern has been hospitalized after sustaining a nasty rib injury in the loss to Geelong.
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It was a massacre at the Giants Stadium between the WESTERN BULLDOGS and GWS GIANTS with multiple injuries.
Cody Weightman, who scored five goals in the first half dislocated his elbow in the third quarter after landing heavily on the joint in horrific scenes.
The exciting attacker had his elbow tied and returned to the field, with Dogs coach Luke Beveridge hoping the setback wasn’t serious.
“It was a nasty injury. He was brave and came back. It’s quite swollen,” Beveridge told reporters.
“Hopefully it settles down soon. I’d imagine our guys will scan it and see what happened. Hopefully it’s not too bad, except for the trauma of dislocation.
“He fought the good fight in the second half and kept his feet up for us. He was crucial for us to win the game.”
It came after Taylor Duryea left the game in the early stages of the match after suffering a knee injury.
It was feared Duryea would have suffered a devastating ACL blow, although Beveridge revealed the early prognosis was an MCL setback.
“The report coming from our medical team is that he injured his MCL. How much will they confirm later after a scan,” Beveridge said.
“I think it’s still going to be a big injury. It’s not just any kind of the first type… he really damaged it. I think he’ll be out for a while.”
In the same game Giants ruckman Braydon Preuss was eliminated in the first quarter with an ankle problem to continue his tricky run with injuries, as it came after his fellow big man Matt Flynn (quad) being a late recording.
And two more Giants failed to finish the game in James Peatling (tight hamstrings) and debutant Ryan Angwin (only).
Giants caretaker coach Mark McVeigh said it was unlikely that Preuss would be available for next week’s game against Collingwood.
“That’s a big blow to him because he was sick before the mid-season break and he’s fought back, played good football in the VFL and that this has happened is really disappointing,” McVeigh said of Preuss after the game.
“We don’t know where it will land, but you should think he’s in doubt. He will be hugely disappointed because he wants to give back to the football club who have shown great confidence in him and he did everything right.
“As a footballer these things happen but you have to find a way to get through them and we will support him and he will be fine. Let’s hope it’s on the lesser loan.”
WEST COAST defender Jeremy McGovern remains at Royal Perth Hospital after a bad collision with Geelong’s Jeremy Cameron left him lying on the grass of Optus Stadium in “severe pain”.
McGovern was taken to hospital before the match ended, with scans later confirming that he had broken ribs during the match.
“McGovern is receiving the best care and is in a stable condition,” the club said in a statement.
Trainers had rushed to the rescue of McGovern as he struggled to his feet, before being assisted from the ground in the second term and falling out.
“Looks like it’s quite the blow to the ribs. If you go to the hospital, they are probably broken. Broken, broken, there’s not much difference to be honest,” said coach Adam Simpson after the game.
“They’re damn painful.”
Despite McGovern being taken to hospital, Simpson was still hopeful that his star defender could meet Essendon in six days.
“He’s taken a lot of punches in his day, he’s pretty brave. He plays hurt all the time,” Simpson said.
“If he doesn’t get up like that, he really hurts.
“A lot of guys play with broken ribs and broken ribs. He’s done it before. But that looked really bad.”
ESSENDON‘s Andy McGrath won’t be heading west next week to face the west coast after scans revealed the size of his adductors.
McGrath returned for the win over St Kilda, having missed Carlton’s loss with the same injury, but he was tense late in the game.
“He had some tension and adductor awareness late in the game, in the same area as what he experienced recently, which is why he was scanned on Saturday morning,” said Josh Mahoney, Bombers general manager of football.
“He will not be available for next week’s game against West Coast, but we will be monitoring his recovery closely before estimating his availability for the week after.”
PORT OF ADELAIDE younger Brynn Teakle will be sidelined for several weeks after breaking his collarbone in the win over Sydney.
Teakle, the Power’s Mid Season conscript from WA certainly impressed on the debut before his bump on Swan Justin McInerney went awry.
“We have to recognize that in his first game in 14 days, Brynn has the impact he has. He plays tough and hard and has a broken collarbone,” said coach Ken Hinkley.
“He has enough spunk about him that he comes out at halftime (injured his arm in a sling) and says ‘that was the best 35 minutes ever’.”
Hinkley also confirmed Bag Butters would be sidelined with a knee injury.
“We all understand how good Zak can be…but he’s definitely going to be missing some time with his knee,” Hinkley admitted.
“It looked like a medial (but scans will confirm).”
RICHMOND will be without Noah Balta on lap 15 after the big man sustained a hamstring injury in the win over Carlton.
The Blues will have to find another defender after recruiting mid-season Sam Durdin suffered a knee injury in the same game.
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