CARLTON has suffered a significant injury blow, with emerging defender Caleb Marchbank set to be out of action for the next four weeks with an ankle injury.
Marchbank came from the ground midway through the opening term of the Blues’ 24-point loss to Collingwood at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last Friday night, returning to play some of the second quarter before sitting out the entire second half.
Carlton football manager Andrew McKay said Marchbank’s rehabilitation would be managed conservatively.
“(He) obviously didn’t play the whole game (and) went off injured with that ankle. There’s not a whole lot of damage there, but he will still be out for around a month,” said McKay.
“(His return date) will depend a little bit on his pain tolerance when he is coming back into the skills program.”
Marchbank’s presence will be sorely missed by Carlton when it locks horns with North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena on Saturday night, given the Kangaroos have two quality forwards in Ben Brown and Jarrad Waite at their disposal.
Meanwhile, the Blues will also be unable to call on former Port Adelaide ruckman Matthew Lobbe for approximately four weeks after he suffered a quad injury in the Northern Blues’ round one loss to Collingwood’s VFL side last Saturday.
However, ex-Geelong midfielder Darcy Lang could make his return from an ankle injury in the VFL this weekend, but will have to pass a fitness test.
McKay also said Ciaran Byrne (quad) and Tom Williamson (back) were expected to return in about three weeks, while experienced defender Alex Silvagni (hamstring) should resume full training in two-to-three weeks.