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Bartram to miss Demons elimination final

By Roger Vaughan 03/09/2006 08:57:34 PM Comments (0)

Tests have cleared Melbourne rookie Clint Bartram of bone damage, but he will miss at least next weekend's AFL elimination final against St Kilda.

Bartram's right ankle was caught underneath a pack during Saturday's AAMI Stadium loss to Adelaide, causing some ligament damage.

But Demons football manager Chris Fagan said the club was not exactly sure how many games Bartram would miss.

"He'll certainly miss a week, he's hurt some ligaments, but he might be okay after one week," Fagan said.

"X-rays this morning showed no break, he also had a scan to see if there was any other damage.

"But the doctor isn't sure if he will miss one week or three."

Melbourne should regain Byron Pickett, Matthew Whelan and Ben Holland for next weekend.

Adelaide is likely to be without Brett Reilly for the home qualifying final against Fremantle with an adductor muscle injury.

But Ken McGregor, Chris Knights and Hayden Skipworth could return to ease the Crows' well-documented injury woes.

Overall, the eight finalists were reporting good news from the medical room.

West Coast is adamant captain Chris Judd will play in the home qualifying final against Sydney.

The Brownlow Medallist limped from the field late in Saturday's win over Richmond, but the Eagles insist it was nothing more than cramp.

West Coast is also confident key position player Brent Staker will be available, despite his head hitting the ground solidly.

St Kilda captain Luke Ball hyper-extended his knee and team-mate Raphael Clarke was collected by team-mate Brett Voss in the win over Brisbane, but a Saints spokesperson said they would be ready to play the Demons.

Fremantle's nine-game winning streak coming into September features a small casualty list.

A spokesman said apart from Daniel Haines and Robert Haddrill, who are out for the season, the Dockers have no injury problems.

Graham Polak returned to the field for the last term of Saturday night's win over Port Adelaide after hyper-extending his elbow.

The Western Bulldogs are confident full-back Brain Harris will play in the elimination final against Collingwood, despite severe bruising around his left eye.

They are also listing Brad Johnson (shoulder), Lindsay Gilbee (groin) and Chris Grant (calf) as available.

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