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Gibbs injury in AFL finals win

By Roger Vaughan 11/09/2011 08:58:12 PM Comments (0)

Carlton have mixed injury news after Sunday's AFL elimination final win over Essendon, with midfielder Bryce Gibbs a fresh casualty.

Key forward Jarrad Waite also suffered another setback as he returns from hip surgery, but they are confident their No.1 big man Matthew Kreuzer will be back for Saturday night's semi-final in Perth against West Coast.

Kreuzer missed the Essendon win because of a foot injury.

Gibbs hurt his A/C joint late in Sunday's game, while Waite was supposed to resume the same day in the VFL, but had to sit out another game.

"He's got a knock to the shoulder and we'll get that assessed," coach Brett Ratten said of Gibbs.

"(Watie) was supposed to play in the VFL today, we thought he was all ready to play and he pulled out late.

"He pulled up sore this morning, so we go back to the drawing board and we'll have to probably assess that more tomorrow.

"If everything goes to plan, hopefully he (Kreuzer) is getting on a plane and he's playing over in the west next week."

Meanwhile, Hawthorn continue to hold a faint hope that star forward Lance Franklin will be fit for Friday night's semi-final against Sydney at the MCG.

Asked what chance Franklin had of getting up, Hawks midfielder Sam Mitchell said he was "2.5 out of 10".

Franklin jarred his knee late in Friday night's qualifying final loss to Geelong at the MCG.

Ruckman Max Bailey was also subbed out of Friday night's game with a calf muscle injury and he is another important Hawk facing a race to be ready for the Swans.

West Coast's No.1 ruckman Dean Cox was subbed out of Saturday's qualifying final loss to Collingwood with back spasms.

But there have also been unconfirmed media reports that he hurt an ankle or suffered a hip injury.

Star Eagles midfielder Daniel Kerr was a late withdrawal from the match as he continues to recover from a back injury.

Geelong's casualty from their big win over Hawthorn was young forward Daniel Menzel, who needs a knee reconstruction after an innocuous-looking incident during the qualifying final win.

Sydney have several injury concerns following Saturday night's elimination final win over St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

Dan Hannebery dislocated his left shoulder and Gary Rohan needed treatment on his right knee, while Tadhg Kennelly was apparently nursing a corked thigh.

The Magpies will make good use of their weekend off, with Chris Tarrant suffering hamstring soreness against the Eagles and fellow key defender Ben Reid a late withdrawal from the match because of his groin injury.

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