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Rd 18: Injury report Dave Misson Dave Misson chats with Matt Burgan about the injury list ahead of the round 18 clash against Collingwood
AFL 2015 Rd 11 - St Kilda v Melbourne

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 14: Cameron Pedersen of the Demons looks on with an injured hand during the 2015 AFL round eleven match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on June 14, 2015. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

He’s (Cam Pedersen) actually a chance to play towards the end of the year, possibly the last VFL round of the VFL finals, if Casey happens to make it

KEY tall Cam Pedersen could be a chance to play again in 2015, after it was initially thought his season was over when he sustained a wrist injury against St Kilda in round 11.

Pedersen, who played seven matches from rounds five to 11 this season, was originally ruled out for the rest of the season, when he suffered his setback. But elite performance manager Dave Misson said the 28-year-old could return this year.

“He’s been doing a truckload of running and he sees his surgeon on Thursday to get the wires out, after which he can do a little bit more with the wrist, by getting it more active and mobile. So it depends on how much mobility he gets in that wrist in the first two or three weeks,” he told Dee TV.

“But he’s actually a chance to play towards the end of the year, possibly the last VFL round of the VFL finals, if Casey happens to make it.

“He’s really hoping he can get back and play by the end of this year, but he’s doing a truckload of work.”

Half-back Christian Salem returned for Casey against Collingwood at Victoria Park last Sunday and Misson said the second-year Demon was set to increase his game time this weekend.

“He had a good hit out in the VFL and played about 65 minutes,” he said.

“He copped a hip pointer early in the game, but played the game out, so he’ll have another week in the VFL this week.”

Powerful forward Dean Kent will face a fitness test after suffering hamstring tightness.

“He suffered [hamstring tightness] in the Development League last week, but scan wise he looks clear and clinically he looks quite good as well,” Misson said.

“He’s coming off a 12-week surgical rehab, so we’re going to be pretty conservative with him.

“He’s doing some good running at the moment and we’ll probably do some footy stuff [with him] towards the end of the week. He may not play this week, but hopefully next week.”  

Former Giant Sam Frost remains about a month away from a toe injury, which has sidelined him since round four.

“He’s putting together some really good running sessions, so he’ll need a couple more weeks of running and a couple of weeks of training with the group before he plays, so we’re looking at four weeks with Sam,” Misson said.

Former co-captain Jack Trengove (foot) and last year’s No.2 NAB AFL Draft pick Christian Petracca (knee) continue to build in their respective rehab programs.

“Trenners got the all clear from his surgeon and also a CT scan to start loading that foot a little bit more,” Misson said.

“He’ll do some more impact loading inside, probably this week and most of next week. But he’s a chance to have his first run outside at the end of next week or early the week after.

“Christian Petracca is putting together three really good running sessions a week and his knee is going well. He’s starting to up the ante with his speed and agility work, so we’re really happy with his progress.”

Melbourne injury list: round 18

Sam Frost (toe) – 4 weeks

Dean Kent (hamstring tightness) – test

Cam Pedersen (wrist) – 4-6 weeks

Christian Petracca (knee) – season

Jack Trengove (foot) – season