AFL Eagle Barrass undergoes foot surgery
West Coast defender Tom Barrass will be sidelined for about eight weeks after undergoing surgery for an injured foot.Barrass missed 11 rounds last season after undergoing surgery for a similar stress-related issue, but this time it's his other foot that is injured.
As West Coast sweats on the severity of an ankle injury to star ruckman Nic Naitanui in Friday night's one-point loss to grand final opponents Collingwood Eagle Nic Naitanui soars over Brodie Grundy at Optus Stadium – but Collingwood became the second team this year to knock off the Eagles at home.
DANIEL STURRIDGE's injury curse struck again as he limped off at the Stadium of Light. Daniel Sturridge's injury curse struck yet againCredit: Reuters. Jurgen Klopp brought on Lucas Leiva in his place with 10 minutes remaining, and the good news was that Sturridge was able to walk off the pitch
Has the Optus Stadium injury curse transferred across to cricket?
AFL side West Coast have been plagued by foot injuries since they started playing games at the $1.6 billion venue in 2018, and Fremantle have also encountered some issues.
Both the Eagles and Dockers were so concerned about the hard nature of the field that they stopped training at the venue for a period last season.
AFL Docker Pearce has more ankle surgery
Fremantle defender Alex Pearce is in doubt for the start of the AFL season after undergoing more ankle surgery.Pearce fractured his ankle in round 11, but was forced to go under the knife again this week after the specialist deemed it best for his recovery.
This is the latest blow to Woodgate's career after injury setbacks at his three previous clubs, Middlesbrough, Real Madrid and Newcastle United. ''Those type of injuries are the worst. With a broken ankle at least you know what you are dealing with. With these they can drag on forever.''
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Cricketers haven't endured the same problems at the venue in the past.
But two soft tissue injuries in as many days during the day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand have raised some questions about whether Optus Stadium played any part in the ailments.
Kiwis gutted about Ferguson's calf injury
NZ could be a bowler short for the rest of the opening Test against Australia after debutant paceman Lockie Ferguson injured his right calf on Thursday.Fast bowler Ferguson left the field during the middle session of the opening Test against Australia at Perth's Optus Stadium on Thursday.
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Campbell has an ankle injury , while Roughead is out of action because of hamstring surgery. English, taken with the No.19 pick in last year's national draft, played his first game for the Bulldogs on Thursday night. One of the key features of last year's historic premiership is that the Bulldogs overcame a brutal
Debutant Kiwi paceman Lockie Ferguson injured his right calf on the opening day after bowling 11 overs.
And Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood lasted just eight balls before suffering a tear to his left hamstring on Friday.
But given the main problems encountered by the AFL sides were related to foot problems, the soft tissue injuries suffered during the day-night Test may be nothing more than bad luck.
WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said the Australian camp didn't have any concerns about the surface.
"I don't think the injuries to pace bowlers are anything to do with the ground," Matthews told SEN.
"I spoke to Justin (Langer) this morning, and he didn't indicate anything. He's been nothing but complimentary about the surface."
Kiwi paceman Neil Wagner, who sent down 37 overs himself with no issues, said it was a bit tricky adapting to the conditions at the venue.
"The ground was quite hard and the wicket - the surface itself - was quite soft," Wagner said.
"So you are running off a hard ground to soft wicket, which is sometimes a little bit the opposite in New Zealand - you are running off a soft ground onto a harder wicket.
"It was a tough graft. But there's nothing new to us, it's just about adapting."
Aussies ready for MCG bumper barrage .
David Warner warns New Zealand could waste any life on the MCG wicket if they persist with a bumper barrage but says Australia must have a plan to combat it.The Aussies arrived in Melbourne on Sunday with Warner adamant the batsmen must have clear plans for New Zealand's short-pitch tactics when the second Test gets underway.