With the NAB Cup only one month away there are a few players who will out of action, due to some injuries that have prevented them from having a full pre-season.
North Melbourne has two players who have undergone surgery in the past week or so; Nathan Grima and Hamish McIntosh, whereas Carlton’s Lachie Henderson underwent surgery just before Christmas.
During the Kangaroos high performance training camp in the United States in October 2010, Grima’s back flared up, improved, and then flared up once more during his Christmas break December. After travelling to Adelaide to see a back specialist Nathan Grima was advised to have back surgery to repair a bulging disc in his lower back.
Grima is unlikely to start training until the end of March this year, meaning he will miss the entire NAB Cup, but return in time for the AFL Season.
Hamish McIntosh had achilles soreness for the majority of last season, .but the injury flared once a player landed on in late in the season. McIntosh had surgery on his achilles earlier this week after the Kangaroos medical staff decided it was in his long term interested to have it operated on now.
McIntosh is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, which means he will miss all the NAB Cup, but hopefully be back in time for the first game of the premiership season.
Carlton’s forward Lachie Henderson is the third player likely to miss much of the NAB Cup due to injury. He had hip surgery just prior to Christmas and he is restricted to light drills for the remainder of the pre-season.
Henderson could possibly be out of full action for the next 6-7 weeks, which could include much of the Blues NAB Cup campaign.