Veteran Sydney Swans defender Jarrad McVeigh is set for an extended stint on the sidelines, after scans confirmed a "significant tear", and is expected to miss up to 8 weeks of football.
The 322-game-veteran injured his quad late in the game against Carlton on Saturday, while kicking a ball out of defence.
The 34-year-old immediately pulled up and was helped from the ground, unable to return to play.
Sydney Swans Head of Football Charlie Gardiner confirmed the extent of McVeigh's injury on Tuesday.
"Jarrad McVeigh picked up a significant quad injury on the weekend," Gardiner told Swans TV.
"Scans have shown that it's a significant tear and he'll miss substantial amount of footy, likely 6-to-8 weeks.
"We're hopeful that he will get back to play at the back-end of the season, he's a really important player for us and we're hopeful we can see him again this year."
Young forward Will Hayward was involved in a heavy clash with veteran Carlton defender Kade Simpson in the first-half of Sydney's 19-point win.
The impact propelled the 20-year-old into the air, spinning him around before landing heavily on the turf.
Gardiner confirmed that Will Hayward will miss the next month of football.
"Will Hayward had surgery on Sunday night after the knock he received on the weekend," Gardiner said.
"He's got a broken jaw and the prognosis is 4-to-6 weeks out of football.
"He'll be able to train and keep his fitness up, and we're hoping to have him back as soon as possible."
Since playing the first game of the season against the Western Bulldogs, Heath Grundy has missed the last two matches with a back complaint.
Grundy's stint on the sidelines looks to continue for the next two weeks at least.
"Heath Grundy is still working through his back complaint, we're really keen to get it right, get on top of it, so that when he does make his return, it's no longer an issue.
"We're just taking that extra time, it's a couple of weeks away."
Sam Naismith's return to football from injury looks to be taking a step in the right direction this week, as he steps up his rehabilitation and returns to running.
"Sam's running this week out on the track, which is a big step in the right direction for Sam.
"Still no definitive return date, but he's making positive steps and we'll just take it week-by-week, but he's definitely tracking in the right direction."
Rebounding defender Matt Ling, taken with pick 14 by the Swans in the 2017 AFL National Draft, is expected to play his first NEAFL game in almost a year.
"Matt Ling has missed a lot of footy with his toe injury, he's had a toe reconstruction, and hasn't played football since June last year.
"He has done a lot of running and a lot of training, and he's finally in a state that he can play some minutes this week in the NEAFL, which is terrific for Matt and fantastic for the club, so have a prized recruit back on the field."
|Heath Grundy||Back||2 Weeks|
|Dan Menzel||Groin||3-4 Weeks|
|Will Hayward||Jaw||4-6 Weeks|
|Jarrad McVeigh||Quad||6-8 Weeks|
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