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Goddard hopeful he'll play against 'Pies

Roger Vaughan 29/05/2011 04:44:04 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda star Brendon Goddard hopes to play against Collingwood next Saturday, despite the neck injury suffered in Saturday's AFL win over Fremantle.

Team-mate Zac Dawson collided heavily with Goddard in a marking contest, and the All Australian lay on the ground in agony after the impact.

Goddard was stretchered from the field and taken to hospital in Perth, but he was cleared to fly home with the team and arrived back in Melbourne early on Sunday morning.

He told Channel Seven's AFL Game Day program his neck was "stiff and tight".

But Goddard added doctors in hospital had told him: "I'm all clear to play next week, that's the main thing - at this stage.

"Initially, there was a bit of a concern because there was a bit of a crack in my lower neck, which was quite significant."

The Saints paid a high price for the outstanding win over the Dockers, with Sean Dempster (concussion), Jason Blake (knee) and Tom Lynch (dislocated finger) also injured.

Dempster was also hospitalised, but like Goddard was able to fly home with the team.

Justin Koschitzke (ankle) was a late withdrawal from the match, while first-year player Jamie Cripps is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a calf muscle injury.

Carlton are also suffering after Friday night's win over Melbourne, with defender Jeremy Laidler (knee) to miss two to three weeks.

Nick Duigan (gluteus) and Jordan Russell (hamstring) were also hurt during the game.

The Demons received some welcome injury news, with top draft pick Tom Scully having a successful return on Saturday through the VFL.

A knee injury has sidelined Scully since the pre-season, but he had 19 disposals and looked sharp.

North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein suffered an elbow injury in Saturday's one-point loss to Sydney, but he might not miss any games.

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