Defender paralyzed, two Roos to return

Miller Bergman is expected to miss the next month of action due to a hamstring strain.

Defender Miller Bergman is expected to miss the next month of action due to a hamstring injury suffered in Saturday’s AFL loss to Essendon.

The third-year Kangaroo has struggled for any sort of continuity this season, having missed several matches earlier this year due to a broken jaw suffered in the opening round of the VFL campaign.

“Miller suffered a hamstring injury after landing awkwardly in a marking contest in the third quarter,” North Melbourne head of performance Kevin White told NMFC Media.

“Scans have confirmed a moderate hamstring strain, which will likely indicate a return to play estimate in four weeks.”

Co-captain Jy Simpkin has been given a clearer timetable for when he will be able to return to the senior team.

A quadriceps injury has kept the midfielder off the park for the last two games, and he still has another fortnight in rehabilitation.


“Jy had been dealing with a low-level quad strain for the past fortnight and his main limitations were initially felt in acceleration and deceleration,” White said.

“Last week this had gone away, but he experienced pain when kicking, which will now see him rehabilitate the injury over the next two weeks as protection for the second half of the season.”

On a positive note, Kallan Dawson (ankle) and Brayden George (shoulder) are expected to return to the game this weekend.

Dawson has not featured for the Roos since suffering an ankle injury during a training session ahead of the Round 6 clash against the Cats, while George had to recover from a shoulder dislocation suffered in the VFL match in Round 5 against Greater Western Sydney.

“Kal has now gone through his ankle rehab program… over the last two weeks we have seen him doing a big block of football conditioning work and lower extremity gym work, which has prepared him for back this week,” White said.

“Brayden has done a solid strengthening block around that injured shoulder and has beaten his markers in the gym.

“This week he will train fully with the group and will be available for selection.”

Youngster Colby McKercher has “turned a corner” with his bone stress injury, which arose from the game in Darwin against the Suns.

While there is no exact return date for the Tasmanian, the club will look to provide a clearer estimate next week before the break.

“The plan is to carefully monitor his walking pain scores and once he is pain free, we will look to increase the loads, first via the AlterG treadmill and then transition to training camp,” White said.

Jackson Archer and Hugh Greenwood will face tests later this week as they hope to shake off ankle and Achilles problems respectively.

“Jackson had sprained his ankle on a landing gear in a competition against Gold Coast,” White said.

“He injured it early last week ahead of a test during main training on Friday, which he was unable to perform with confidence, but the ankle has progressed well since then.

“Hugh has been managing chronic Achilles tendinopathy which can sometimes flare up and limit his performance/function.

“After the ninth round, there was an increase in pain in this region, causing him to train with levels of discomfort that we considered too significant to eliminate for the game. Like Jackson, he is trending well at this stage.”

Griffin Logue continues to make progress in his ACL recovery and is beginning to participate in more group training sessions.

“He will continue to increase his exposure to group training during the week and extend his high-load football conditioning sessions on the weekends over the next four weeks,” White said.