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Hibberd makes strong return

Matt Burgan  April 19, 2017 10:47 AM

Injury update: David Misson David Misson takes us through the injury list ahead of the ANZAC Eve clash with Richmond
He played on Easter Monday and played decent game time and importantly, he pulled up pretty well, so we’re happy with where Michael’s at

DEFENDER Michael Hibberd has pulled up strongly after playing in Casey’s season opener against Williamstown at Burbank Oval on Easter Monday.

It was the recruit’s first game since Melbourne’s second JLT Community Series game against Carlton at Casey Fields, after he missed five weeks with an Achilles injury.

Elite performance manager Dave Misson said Hibberd, who had 25 disposals, was one of Casey’s better performers in its 23-point loss.  

“He played on Easter Monday and played decent game time and importantly, he pulled up pretty well, so we’re happy with where Michael’s at,” he told Melbourne TV.

Misson said Col Garland (knee), Max Gawn (hamstring), Joel Smith (shoulder) and Josh Wagner (thumb) had all recently undergone surgery and had started their rehab.

“Col, with his ACL reco, did his first bike session on Tuesday, so he was pretty pleased about that.”

“Maxy is tracking really well. He’s recovered well from the surgery and the wound looks good. He’ll start more activity towards the end of this week.

First-year Demon Pat McKenna (hamstring) is set to miss at least another six weeks and utility Aaron vandenBerg (heel) was still another six to eight weeks away.

“Aaron hasn’t started running yet, so he may be a little bit longer.”

Youngsters Liam Hulett (hip) and Mitch King (knee) are also available this week. If King plays, it will be his first match since he injured his knee in the VFL season opener last year.

“Mitch is recovering from the ACL that he had – this time last year. He’s available this weekend with Casey,” he said.

“Liam had a hip problem from about four weeks ago and he’s trained really strongly and he’ll play for Casey this week.”

Melbourne injury list: round five

Colin Garland (knee) – season

Max Gawn (hamstring) – 12 weeks

Jesse Hogan (suspension) – available

Liam Hulett (hip) – available

Jordan Lewis (suspension) – 1 week

Mitch King (knee) – available

Pat McKenna (hamstring) – 6-8 weeks

Joel Smith (shoulder) – 12 weeks

Aaron vandenBerg (heel) – 6-8 weeks

Josh Wagner (thumb) - 2 weeks