Injuries in football are one of the negatives that come out of playing and training every week.
Teams are left stranded as star players are going down for weeks on end, leaving the rest of their side to put in extra.
Despite the downside of injuries, here is a list of a ‘Best 22’ of players who are currently injured and are not playing in round 11 at any level.
The back-line consists of premiership players, All-Australian players and B&F winners from their respective clubs.
The back six of Sam Docherty (Carl), Alex Rance (Rich), Nick Smith (Syd), Zac Williams (GWS), Tom Barrass (WCE) and Tom Langdon (Coll) proves to be a hard group to score against.
These six have struggled to get out on the park in recent times, including Rance and Docherty out for the rest of the season after both tore their ACLs early in the year and late last year respectively
Key defenders Barrass (foot) and Langdon (knee) have both suffered their injuries in the last couple of weeks and look to have a lengthy stint on the sideline, but should return in the back half of the season.
GWS’ Zac Williams only suffered a minor injury to his hamstring and is eyeing off a return before the bye, whilst Sydney premiership player, Nick Smith, has no timeline for his return from a hamstring injury.
Unlucky to miss from this injury-plagued back six includes key defender Lachie Henderson (GEEL), small defender Neville Jetta (MELB) and St Kilda’s Jimmy Webster.
The middle of the ground is filled with talent, flare and determination. A Brownlow medalist is joined by tough, pacy and game-changing players.
The middle six of Nic Naitanui (WCE), Callan Ward (GWS), Jack Steven (StK), Tom Mitchell (Hawks), with Stephen Hill (Freo) and Zak Jones (Syd) on the wings.
2018 Brownlow medalist Tom Mitchell suffered a horror leg break before the season started which ruled him out of season 2019, as well as Callan Ward, who tore his ACL in round four this year.
Stephen Hill (quad) and Zak Jones (hamstring) are both likely to return after the bye from their injuries, given everything runs smoothly.
Jack Steven’s leave from the game is indefinite as he battles mental illness and proves to be a massive out for the Saints.
As for the 2018 premiers, who you think if they welcomed back Naitanui before the season ends, they’d be odds on to go back-to-back.
Stiff to miss out in this midfield line-up is Richmond ruckman Toby Nankervis, Geelong’s accumulator Sam Menegola and Sydney speedster Harry Cunningham.
The forwards consist of high-flying, game-winning players who would easily make their team’s best 22 if deemed fit by medical staff.
The forward six of Devon Smith (Ess), Joe Daniher (Ess), Jake Melksham (Melb), Jamie Elliot (Coll), Jack Riewoldt (Rich) and Orazio Fantasia (Ess) shapes as a very dangerous and versatile line-up.
Essendon has shown its lack of scoring power without Daniher, Smith and Fantasia in their lineup.
Although Fantasia (quad) is likely to return in the coming weeks from injury, both Daniher (groin) and Smith (knee) have been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Injury-plagued excitement machine Jamie Elliot also suffered a minor setback to a strong start in season 2019 as he injured his hamstring and will eye off a return after the bye.
Both Melksham (foot) and Riewoldt (PCL) will remain on the sidelines for another month or so as they both continue to do everything they can to return as quickly as possible.
Charlie Dixon (PA), Daniel Wells (Coll) and Jonathon Patton (GWS) are seen as unfortunate to miss out of the forward line-up.
To finish off the 22 is the bench, which consists of Taylor Adams (Coll), Dylan Roberton (StK), Jake Stringer (Ess) and Ben McEvoy (Hawks).
Dylan Roberton was ruled out for the rest of the season due to heart complications and is a significant part of the St Kilda line up.
Taylor Adams (groin) and Jake Stringer (hamstring) are recovering from their injuries and will look to come into their respective sides after the bye.
‘Big Boy’ McEvoy will be playing it cautiously in his attempt to recover from an ankle injury that could sideline him for up to five weeks.