Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams has suffered a hamstring strain, ruling him out of next week’s preliminary final and potentially the decider should the Pies progress.
Adams left the training track early on Friday after a collision with John Noble, clutching at his left hamstring and being sent for scans.
It was confirmed on Saturday the 29-year-old suffered a minor hamstring strain.
Watch every match of the 2023 Toyota AFL Finals Series before the Grand Final Live & Ad-Break Free During Play on Kayo Sports. Join now and start streaming instantly >
‘We’re all still in disbelief!’ | 09:46
Adams suffered a groin tear that prematurely ended his 2022 finals campaign last season.
The Pies are set to regain Nick Daicos for the clash in what will be his first match since round 21’s loss to Hawthorn, when he suffered a knee injury.
Carlton defender Sam Docherty is hopeful of playing next week despite dislocating his shoulder in the win over Melbourne on Friday night.
Docherty suffered the injury in the second quarter but returned to play in the second half and set up the matchwinning goal in the dying stages.
“His dislocated shoulder is going to be a real concern, but we still think he’s likely to play in that preliminary final,” Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph told Fox Footy.
“I asked him how it was post-match … he said ‘It’s ok, it’s certainly not good but it’s ok.’
“It’s not about the pain, it’s all about the strength in that shoulder and how he’s able to withstand it next week. I certainly think he’ll play.”
Another watch will be winger Blake Acres, who looked to aggravate an existing collarbone injury on Friday night but like Docherty played out the match and helped seal the win.
“I think he’s cracked his collarbone again,” Ralph said.
“It probably was cracked already. He had significant padding on it.
“We know that bruised collarbone in round 24, he got a significant fend off from Christian Petracca, was able to still withstand that pain … he will not be at any risk of not playing next week but he’s going to be a very sore boy.”
Carlton insists Jacob Weiteringdid not require a concussion test on Friday night, but put him through one post-game as a precaution following a contest with opponent Joel Smith in the final quarter.
Weitering looked dazed after the incident, but the Blues on Saturday said contact was made to Weitering’s throat and he was having trouble breathing.