AFL guns Oliver, Johannisen out with hamstring injuries
May 22, 2023 / 9:45 pm
Melbourne expect star midfielder Clayton Oliver to be unavailable for the “short term” and Western Bulldogs defender Jason Johannisen will miss at least two months with a severe hamstring injury.
Brownlow Medal fancy Oliver strained a hamstring in the Demons’ four-point defeat to Port Adelaide last Friday night.
He played out the game but is unlikely to recover in time to face Fremantle on Saturday.
Melbourne have a big few weeks ahead as they take on the Dockers, Carlton and flag favourites Collingwood at the MCG before their mid-season bye, then reigning premiers Geelong at their GMHBA Stadium fortress.
“Clayton had some soreness at the end of the game and following a clinical assessment from the physios and the medical team, scans have shown that he’s got a hamstring strain,” Demons high performance boss Selwyn Griffith said.
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Clayton Oliver has suffered a hamstring strain that will sideline the Melbourne midfield star. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS)