Bombers star with three others in doubt, tributes flow to former Eagles coach



Stylish defender Mason Redman has been ruled out of Essendon’s blockbuster AFL clash against Carlton with a hamstring strain, while star forward Kyle Langford will have to prove his fitness.

Redman came back sore after Sunday’s loss to Gold Coast, while Langford was taken out of the game with a blocked hip.

The Bombers said their main goalkeeper Langford and ruckman Todd Goldstein (ankle), who was rested against the Suns, would have to train to prove their fitness for Sunday night’s match at the MCG.

Essendon is rested after the Blues game and hopes Redman will recover in time for their Round 15 match against West Coast.

Midfielder Darcy Parish has suffered a setback in his recovery from a calf strain and will be sidelined for another five or six weeks.

Talented but hapless defender Zach Reid will be in a race against time to make a comeback this season after requiring surgery on a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the VFL.

Reid has played just nine AFL games in four years, and one in the last two seasons, due to a horrendous run with injuries.

Given that recovery time can be up to three months, Reid is unlikely to feature again this season unless the Bombers reach the finals.

Carlton ruckman Marc Pittonet faces a fitness test as he bids to recover from a finger injury.

Kyle Langford celebrates a goal. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Geelong could recover Patrick Dangerfield from a hamstring injury against Sydney, with captain and forward Ollie Henry facing physical tests.

“They’re both tracking pretty well, Dangerfield has been training with the team for almost two weeks, so he’ll be a test later this week,” assistant football coach Brett Johnson said.

“Ollie was substituted during the game at the weekend with some awareness in his hamstring.

“His role was slightly limited during the game, which was the reason he was substituted, so it will be a test to play this week as well.”

St Kilda key forward Max King (knee) will have to pass a fitness test on Thursday to face his twin brother Ben’s Gold Coast side on Saturday night.

Suns captain Jarrod Witts has been ruled out with a hamstring injury but is expected to return in round 15.

The Brisbane Lions will have Brandon Starcevich (calf) back for Friday’s clash against the Western Bulldogs after a month on the sidelines.

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Todd remembered as a great WA

Western Australian football great and former West Coast coach John Todd has died aged 86.

Todd was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and became a legend in the Western Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

He was the youngest winner of the Sandover Medal as a 17-year-old with South Fremantle in his debut season in 1955 and carved out an impressive playing career before a knee injury finally cut it short.

Todd then made his mark as a coach.

Todd claimed six WAFL premierships, four with Swan Districts (1982, 1983, 1984 and 1990), one with East Fremantle (1974) and one with South Fremantle (1997), and also coached WA to State of Origin already Australia in International Rules matches. .

He was West Coast’s second coach (after Ron Alexander and before Mick Malthouse), leading the Eagles from 1988 to 1989, including their first finals appearance in his first year.

“John Todd was successful in all aspects of his football career and influenced much of Western Australian football to demand the highest standards and seek constant improvement,” AFL president Richard Goyder said.

“Winning premierships at three different clubs is an extraordinary achievement. He developed players to form great teams, but I also want to recognize that John had an incredible love for the game and the people of football throughout his life.

“Having the privilege of being able to spend time with him in recent years, he still regularly attended games, engaged with everyone in the football world and was a great supporter of the game and what it could do for people and communities. .

“He was incredibly tough, built his career after injury took away his playing days, and had the highest standards as a coach, but he was also incredibly generous and was a person who made our game great, particularly in WA in that moment”. when state league football was the pinnacle of the game.”

Todd’s memory will be honored at the Australian Football Hall of Fame induction later this month.

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