Dogs star suffers setback just before big return; Suns gun’s injury shock: Rd 15 AFL Teams

Western Bulldogs Ahead Josh Bruce’s return to the AFL was met with a setback, with the 30-year-old suffering a strained hamstring in training this week.

The Dogs revealed the hamstring complaint on Thursday, which will prevent Bruce from ending his senior absence and playing his first AFL game since August last year.

“Josh suffered a minor hamstring injury during the main session yesterday,” fitness boss Chris Bell told the club’s website.

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“After being in rehab for a long time, we don’t want to take any chances and he won’t be playing this weekend.

“We will be assessing Josh over the next week.”

Elsewhere, Gold Coast Suns will be without forward Joel Jeffrey for the rest of the season, with the 20-year-old undergoing surgery on the lateral miniscus in his right knee.

Jeffrey sustained the injury late in Sunday’s win over Adelaide, but coach Stuart Dew and the club initially thought it was a minor injury.

“It’s a real shame, Joel added something to our side and felt comfortable at the level,” Dew said on Thursday.

“It’s one that we were really surprised by as it wasn’t too painful (after the game)… but when he stumbled in on Monday my heart sank a little because I was just disappointed for him because he’s put in a lot of work to get to where he is.

“You just want your young boys to play.”

Brisbane have been forced to make three crucial changes ahead of Thursday night’s showdown against Melbourne.

The Lions would already be without Darcy Gardiner (lung) and captain Dayne Zorko (hamstring), but young superstar Zac Bailey will also miss health and safety protocols.

Jimmy Tunstill will make his AFL debut for Chris Fagan’s side after being named on the bench. He was selected pick 41 in the 2021 national draft and will be the second of his draft class to debut for Brisbane this season, after Kai Lohmann.

Jack Payne and Thomas Berry are coming to the side, for their fourth and second games of the season respectively (excluding an unused sub-appearance for Berry).

Melbourne has regained superstar defender Steven May after being banned from the club for an off-field incident involving team-mate Jake Melksham.

Sam Weideman regains his place in the front line at the expense of Mitch Brown, who is left out, with Toby Bedford also back in the flank. Daniel Turner (face) and Max Gawn (ankle) will miss along with Kade Chandler, who is leaving the squad after being submarine on Queen’s Day.

The teams for the rest of the Round 15 matches will be announced on Thursday at 6:20 PM.

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AFL ROUND 15 LUMINAIRES AND TEAMS (All times AEST)

MELBOURNE / BRISBANE LIONS

Thursday 23 June, 7:20 p.m. at the MCG

DEMONS

B: J.Harmes, H.Petty, S.May

HB: J.Jordon, J.Lever, C.Salem

C: A. Brayshaw, C. Petracca, E. Langdon

HF: B.Brown, B.Fritsch, T.Sparrow

F: A.Neal-Bullen, S.Weideman, C.Spargo

FOLL: L.Jackson, C.Oliver, J.Viney

I/C: T. Bedford, M. Hibberd, J. Bowey, K. Pickett

EMG: A.Tomlinson, L.Dunstan, M.Brown, J.Hunt

IN: S.May, S.Weideman, T.Bedford

OUT: M.Brown (omitted), D.Turner, M.Gawn (both injured), K.Chandler (bottom)

LIONS

B: J.Payne, H.Andrews, M.Adams

HB: B. Starcevich, D. Rich, N. Answerth

C: J.Berry, T.Berry, H.McCluggage

HF: C.Rayner, E.Hipwood, L.McCarthy

F: D.McStay, J.Daniher, C.Cameron

FOLL: O. McInerney, J.Lyons, L.Neale

I/C: D.Robertson, M.Robinson, K.Coleman, J.Tunstill

EMG: C.Ah Chee, J.Madden, D.Fort, R.Lester

IN: J.Payne, T.Berry, J.Tunstill

OUT: D.Gardiner, D.Zorko (both injured), D.Fort (bottom), Z.Bailey (HS protocol)

WESTERN BULLDOGS v HAWTHORN

Friday June 24, 7:00 PM at Marvel Stadium

BULLDOGS

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HAWKS

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WEST COAST EAGLES v ESSENDON

Friday June 24, 8:40 PM at Optus Stadium

EAGLES

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BOMMER

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CARLTON v FREMANTLE

Saturday, June 25, 1:45 PM at Marvel Stadium

BLUES

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DOCKERS

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GEELONG CATS v RICHMOND

Saturday 25 June, 16:35 in the MCG

CATS

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TIGERS

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SYDNEY SWANS v ST KILDA

Saturday 25 June, 7:25 pm in the SCG

SWANS

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SAINTS

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NORTH MELBOURNE / ADELAIDE CROWS

Sunday, June 26, 1:10 PM at Blundstone Arena

kangaroos

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CROWS

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COLLINGWOOD vs GWS GIANTS

Sunday 26 June, 15:20 in the MCG

MAGIC

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GIANTS

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PORT ADELAIDE / GOLD COAST SUNS

Sunday June 26, 4:10 PM at Adelaide Oval

CURRENT

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SUN TANNING

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