The GIANTS have four players unavailable for selection ahead of their opening round clash against the Fremantle Dockers on Sunday.
GIANTS AFLW Physiotherapist Gemma Vale said despite the three long-term injuries, the group is in excellent condition after a long and disrupted season.
Draftee Emily Pease is ruled out of selection for the opening round due to a mild foot sprain sustained at training last week.
“Em is progressing well and will make a full recovery in 1-2 weeks to be available for selection to make her GIANTS debut,” said Vale.
New recruit Katherine Smith has been working hard in rehabilitation as she recovers from an ACL rupture during the 2020 pre-season while she was with the Melbourne Demons.
“Due to a complicated recovery process during the Melbourne lock down, she has been dealt a few setbacks,” Vale said.
“As a medical team we have been impressed with her attitude and dedication to her recovery schedule.
“She has been reintroduced to team trainings and we look forward to seeing her continue to progress her rehab and push for a mid-season return.”
Midfielder Britt Tully is also recovering from a knee injury.
“Britt had a knee arthroscopy and knee osteotomy during the off-season to manage an injury sustained in the 2020 season,” Vale said.
“She also suffered some setbacks due to COVID. However, she is be working hard with Katherine in intense rehab and is expected to push to be available come round three.
“Britt has joined the group for full unrestricted training and will push for selection come round three.”
The other notable omission for selection is Irishwoman Bríd Stack, who suffered a fractured C7 vertebra in the club’s practice match a fortnight ago.
“As we know Brid has a longer recovery given the severity of her neck injury,” Vale said.
“We aren’t placing a strict timeline on her return given the nature of the injury. She will remain in her neck brace for a period of time, before starting an intense rehab.”
|Emily Pease||Foot||1-2 weeks|
|Britt Tully||Knee||2-3 weeks|
|Katherine Smith||Knee||4-6 weeks|