AFL 2023: Peter Wright injured in training, Darcy Moore with ‘gross’ bone infection, captaincy,

In another injury-related setback for the Bombers, a Star Best and Fairest winner hobbled off the track during game simulation.

Essendon’s key forward Peter Wright has injured his calf in another setback against the Bombers’ key forward shares.

Wright hobbled away with a calf complaint midway through the club’s game simulation session on Wednesday.

The club’s medical department has started treating the goalscorer.

It’s another unfortunate injury setback for Essendon’s forward setup as the club look to climb the ladder under new manager Brad Scott.

Wright, who had the best year of his career last season, is one of the club’s most important players.

New recruit Sam Weideman is also on light duty with a quad injury. News Corp publishes Friday Elijah Tsatas will be sidelined for two months after tearing the meniscus in his knee.


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Collingwood star defender Darcy Moore is confident he will be playable in the first round as he opened up about the bone infection that hospitalized him late last year.

Speaking for the first time about the infection delaying his start to the pre-season, the Magpies captaincy candidate said he was relieved to be back on track and building up his training regimen after “a tough few months”.

Moore resumed running for the first time in training last week after it was discovered he had osteomyelitis, an inflammation that occurs in the bone.

The 26-year-old revealed the infection was discovered after he began experiencing “irregular pain” as he began to build up his off-season training.

Moore said he was lucky that the infection was caught early and treatment went smoothly.

“I’ve had a pretty smooth return for the past few weeks since we came back this year, so I’m just happy to be able to run and move and kick my feet and hang out with teammates again,” Moore said Monday.

“This is an exciting time for me after a tough few months. (I) am building really well, the physical therapists, medical team and conditioning team are all taking very good care of me and have a really solid plan to come back.

“It was obviously a bit unusual, probably unusual. It was a bit of an unfortunate thing to get through.

“But thankfully the medical team and staff at the hospital were very diligent and we were able to get a very early diagnosis that was really accurate and then the treatment went as smoothly as possible.

“I’m very relieved and just happy to be out of the hospital and doing a few laps in practice again, it feels good.

“Obviously, spending time in the hospital is never a joy… Having health issues is never nice.”

Moore said he hopes to build a solid block of football practice towards the end of preseason as he targets the Magpies’ first-round clash against Geelong at the MCG.

“(I) build up the running and start building up some agility work and some football movement as well, so jumping, cutting and things like that at high speed,” Moore said.

“That’s going to be the thing that I’m slowly building up over the next few weeks and putting everything together and hopefully by the end of pre-season I’ll get a solid block of football and be ready to go into the season.”

“I’m (confident for the first round). I’m feeling really good so far but it’s early days and more than anything (I’m) happy to be on the move again and to be with the boys again.

Moore’s comments came as Collingwood opened a three-day preseason training camp in Lorne on Monday.

The all-Australian backman is considered one of the leading contenders to replace Scott Pendlebury as Collingwood’s next captain, alongside Taylor Adams and Jeremy Howe.

Moore was one of Pendlebury’s three deputies alongside Adams and Howe last season after being named vice-captain for the first time.

The son of the great club and former Collingwood captain Peter, Moore admitted it would be a “beautiful sentimental thing” if he followed in his father’s footsteps and was made skipper.

But Moore revealed little about his desire for the role when asked about it on Monday.

“It’s obviously been talked about a lot and we’re just as excited as everyone else to see what the future holds for leading the team,” said Moore.

“There are obviously some of us who have some experience on the team now and have some experience leading the team in the leadership group.

“They develop really strong bonds and a lot of trust between these older folks…. I think for us internally it’s a bit more about the collective of the seniors of the team.

“They all have to be on board to move the team forward. That was certainly Scott’s (strength) over nine years of empowering others.

“It’s not about me, the club is going through a process of finding the right person and the right governance structure that involves people from all different parts of the organization having a say and it’s a bigger decision than that.

“I think there’s definitely a group of us that all have the experience and the qualities that are definitely capable of that, so we’ll see what happens.”

Pendlebury announced last month that he was stepping down after nine years as skipper – the club’s longest-serving captain.

Originally published as AFL 2023 Follow the latest injury news as the season draws closer AFL 2023: Peter Wright injured in training, Darcy Moore with ‘gross’ bone infection, captaincy,

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