Carlton's Heath Scotland checks out former teammate GWS's Setanta O'hAilpin's injured knee after their match at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
It's not just Gary Ablett who won't be coming to Canberra for this weekend's clash between Greater Western Sydney and Gold Coast at Manuka with injuries hitting both teams at the weekend.
GWS forward Setanta O'hAilpin could miss the rest of the season and appears to need a knee reconstruction, while teammate Dean Brogan also went to hospital for scans on his injured arm after the Giants lost to Carlton yesterday by 67 points.
Ablett also has a knee injury and will be out for another three weeks, while his Suns teammate Nathan Bock will miss the rest of the year.
He broke two bones in his lower leg in Gold Coast's seven-point loss to Fremantle.
A roller-coaster season continued for Sydney star Adam Goodes when he hurt his left leg. Goodes hobbled from the field late in Saturday night's five-point loss to Adelaide and will have scans on his left hip.
West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui was a late withdrawal from Sunday's twilight game against North Melbourne.
St Kilda appears the worst affected by the weekend's many injuries, losing defender Sam Fisher with a hamstring injury at half-time in Saturday night's 35-point loss to Hawthorn at the MCG.
Fisher's worth was underlined in the second half when Hawks key forward Lance Franklin had more one-on-one contests and finished with five goals.
The Saints' defence was thrown off balance before the game when ruckman Ben McEvoy was ruled out, forcing back Jason Blake into the ruck. McEvoy suffered a knee injury at training last week and will miss four to six weeks.
Teammate David Armitage ended the game with a jarred back but the Saints are hopeful he will not miss any games.
The Hawks also had their injury worries post-match, although perhaps not as severe.
Captain Luke Hodge appeared restricted, while Franklin finished the game despite hurting his shoulder.
Defender Ben Stratton was groggy after a clash of heads with Armitage in the first quarter.
In other injury news from the weekend:
■ Essendon forward Stewart Crameri hurt his knee, but the Bombers are confident it is not serious.
■ Fremantle onballer Stephen Hill suffered a corked knee.
■ Collingwood utility Ben Johnson hurt his shoulder again and teammate Alex Fasolo reportedly has knee soreness.
■ Western Bulldogs defender Easton Wood was starring before he went off with a hamstring injury against the Magpies.
■ Geelong star Jimmy Bartel was subbed off with a sore ankle.
■ Future Melbourne player Jack Viney and Demons youngster Jordan Gysberts suffered broken jaws while playing for VFL side Casey on Saturday against Geelong. AAP