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Dyson Heppell suffers broken hand

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Dyson Heppell has a broken bone in his hand and is expected to miss this weekend's game against Gold Coast.

Heppell injured the hand at training on Wednesday morning and underwent a small operation immediately. The Bombers were relieved that the injury was not worse given that the young superstar has been clearly their standout player in 2014.

The Bombers haven't completely ruled Heppell out of this Saturday's game against the Suns, though they expect him to miss the game, in which they can consolidate their position in the eight. The club is optimistic that he will return against Carlton the following Saturday in the final home-and-away round.

Dyson Heppell: curse of the Brownlow fancies?

Dyson Heppell: curse of the Brownlow fancies? Photo: Pat Scala

Heppell sustained the injury in a tackling drill. He was put in for surgery immediately, because the specialist, Greg Hoy, happened in to be operating at that time.

Heppell has become one of the leading contenders for the Brownlow Medal after an outstanding run in recent weeks, particularly since Gary Ablett suffered his season-ending injury against Collingwood, but he would lose an opportunity to gain more votes - and perhaps vault to outright favouritism - if he missed the last two games.

Since Ablett's injury, a number of the Brownlow fancies have had injuries, including Josh Kennedy and Scott Pendlebury. And with Fremantle's Nat Fyfe ineligible due to suspension and a possibility to poll the most votes, there has been talk of a Brownlow curse in which the favourites keep experiencing problems. 

In a statement released later, Essendon club doctor Bruce Reid said Heppell’s recovery period would be short, given that he had the surgery very soon after the injury.

“Dyson sustained a fracture in his hand during training this morning but we were extremely fortunate that Greg Hoy was available to operate on his hand within the hour,” Reid said.

“The surgery was a success, Dyson had a plate and screws inserted into his hand and we’re confident his recovery time will be minimal.”

Heppell has earned significant praise from coach Mark Thompson over the past two games, when he has stood out in a losing team against Richmond and then gathered 28 second half disposals to propell his team's comeback from a 34 point deficit against West Coast. He was shifted to half-back in the second half of the Eagles game. 

Thompson described Heppell as ''a champion'' after the Richmond game and then spoke of the player's special effort in the second half against the Eagles.

9 comments so far

  • Deserved winner would be Dyson Heppell who has had at least six best on grounds and second or third best on about another six. I expect Lance Franklin to win. He's had a year better than many expected and more importantly in his favour plays for the Swans and is high profile so will be awarded many votes by the umpires as per the AFL's instructions. Unless Josh Kennedy takes too many votes from him.

    Commenter
    Brendan
    Location
    Forest Hill
    Date and time
    August 20, 2014, 6:27PM
    • Are you kidding?

      Commenter
      Catherine
      Date and time
      August 20, 2014, 7:10PM
    • @Catherine Have a look at the stats before you comment and you will see why this is not so far fetched.

      Commenter
      I am Serious
      Date and time
      August 21, 2014, 10:55AM
  • Dyson 'I hear footsteps' Heppell, really?

    Brent Harvey for me.

    Commenter
    Luke
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    August 20, 2014, 8:06PM
    • You do realise that Harvey is no longer eligible, dont you?

      Commenter
      DD
      Location
      Northcote
      Date and time
      August 20, 2014, 8:52PM
    • My comment was initially under the story of who will win the Brownlow. A good a year as Boomer Harvey has had, and he was as low as $13 last week, getting suspended has made him ineligible to win. Heppell is a very courageous player and I've never seen him shirk a contest.

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      Brendan
      Location
      Forest Hill
      Date and time
      August 20, 2014, 8:58PM
    • @Brendan - agreed. Very courageous.
      Luke - are you just repeating someone else's opinion? You must be - Heppell is into it every week. Go watch the guy play.

      Commenter
      Second hand Luke
      Date and time
      August 21, 2014, 11:44AM
  • Come on Gold Coast!

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    Mick
    Location
    Tigerland
    Date and time
    August 20, 2014, 8:59PM
    • Heppell is an absolute gun who was instrumental in the Bombers coming back against the Eagles. Wondered why his name wasn't up their in terms of the Brownlow.

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      Paul
      Date and time
      August 21, 2014, 8:35AM

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