CARLTON’S 2018 campaign has gone from bad to worse, with skipper Marc Murphy to miss the next month with a foot injury.
The 30-year-old was a late withdrawal from last Saturday night’s loss to North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena in Hobart after sustaining the injury during the warm-up.
Scans have since revealed he has damaged the plantar fascia.
“Scans have revealed he’s dome some damage to his plantar fascia, which is the material that runs along the bottom of the foot,” said Blues football manager Andrew McKay.
“The doctors are saying he’ll be out for the next four weeks, which is really unfortunate for us and Marc, but it gives someone else an opportunity to fill that spot.”
The injury setback means Murphy will at least miss matches against West Coast, the Western Bulldogs, Adelaide and Essendon.
In some better news for the embattled Blues, recruit Darcy Lang (ankle) and experienced defender Alex Silvagni (hamstring) are close to returning from injury, but will have to wait another week to get some much-needed game time under their belt, as the Northern Blues have a bye this weekend.
“Darcy’s made some real progress over the last few weeks,” McKay said.
“He’s available for selection, although he’s been out of football for quite some time, so he won’t be available for senior selection.”
“Silvagni’s progressed really well over the last couple of weeks. He’d probably sit out another week, which won’t do him any harm, and then be available for selection next week.”
Fellow defender Caleb Marchbank and Tom Williamson are also recovering from injuries, with Marchbank three weeks away after rolling his ankle in the round three loss to Collingwood.
Williamson is also regarded as being three weeks away from being considered for a recall as he rehabilitates a back injury, as is Ciaran Byrne, who is recovering from a strained quad suffered against Gold Coast in round two.
Former Port Adelaide ruckman Matthew Lobbe has joined star defender Sam Docherty in running drills after battling a hamstring injury during the pre-season.
Lobbe will join training next week, with a view to being available the week after, while Docherty is ‘progressing well’ after going under the knife for a knee reconstruction in November.