According to AFL clubs, every player on the list is flying at this time of year, with injury concerns only minor and everyone aiming to play Round 1.

However, which teams are lying and have some serious doubts over their players leading into the 2018 season opener?

SEN Breakfast newsman and Herald Sun sports reporter Sam Edmund has lifted the lid on the ailments facing some of the game’s stars as AFLX begins on Thursday night.


“Lachie Henderson, as revealed by Sam McClure on SEN’s Time On, had what was described as minor knee surgery in early December. He was supposed to be back early in the New Year, and then back by the JLT Series, but the defender still hasn't started running. He is in huge doubt for Round 1.”

West Coast

“Nic Naitanui is training and has been doing so for a while, but is still to get into competitive work. The Eagles are earmarking the second JLT match for him. Josh Kennedy and Andrew Gaff are also still training in the modified group.”


“Jeremy Howe's calf won't settle down and he is watching match simulation. Darcy Moore hasn't completed a full session since Christmas with a sore achilles. The Pies say Alex Fasolo’s shoulder and Jamie Elliott’s ankle should be ok, but they have missed match simulation sessions, and Levi Greenwood is coming back from a knee injury.

“New Strength and Conditioning man Kevin White has taken over from Bill Davoren and has walked straight into the deep end.”


“Jack Viney is training with the aim to be right for Round 1.”


“Taylor Walker is only hopeful of playing Round 1. He'll miss every pre-season game with a plantar fascia strain.”

Greater Western Sydney

“Toby Greene broke his toe in New York on holiday and hasn't recovered as fast as the Giants hoped. He is hopeful to play in the JLT.”


“Grant Birchall had further knee surgery before Christmas. He only played five games last year. He's running but that's about it.”


“I think you can almost put a line through Daniel Rioli for Round 1. He broke his foot late in the Grand Final.”

Originally published on by Sam Edmund