MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: Jamie Elliott of the Magpies kicks a late goal to put Collingwood in front during the 2017 AFL round 18 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on July 23, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

One of the worst truths in sport is that players are going to suffer injuries and will have time cut off from their careers.

Injuries are a very real thing and they’re something every team needs to deal with. The 2018 season was a reminder of how often such unfortunate events can happen.

Every team had an elite star suffer time on the sidelines and needed to deal with fixing their team on the fly. Here at Zero Hanger, we don’t forget a player when they go down with an injury.

Here are the best 22 players who are currently sidelined with an injury:

FB: Sam Docherty (vc)          Daniel Talia                 Jake Lever

A very smart, solid line of defence which will very rarely make a mistake in the opposing teams forward 50.

HB: Shaun Burgoyne        Steven May                Harris Andrews

A tenacious half back line which would deny the ball from the best opposition. Again, a smart group of players who can be relied upon in big games.

C: Tom Liberatore       Marcus Bontempelli         Tom Scully

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Solid run from all three players. All hard in the pack or effective with the boot on the outside. Any gameplan would work with such a talented trio.

HF: Orazio Fantasia           Tom Lynch               Charlie Cameron

A lot of goal scoring from the half forward line. Lynch is impeccable in the air and packaging him with elite crumbers can make any defence shiver.

FF: Jamie Elliot               Joe Daniher             Josh Bruce

A very strong forward line with all three players capable of something special in the air. All three solid one-on-one talent who can be easily impact the scoreboard if given their space.

RR: Nic Naitanui              Adam Treloar              Nat Fyfe (c)

An undeniable midfield. Whatever these three men want to do with the ball, they will find a way to do it. A nightmare for an opposition coach.

I: Easton Wood      Jarrod McVeigh       David Zaharakis        Matthew Kreuzer

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A solid interchange which can affect them game all over the ground. If the starters aren’t getting it done, there’s more than enough firepower from the second unit.

Full-Team:

FB: Sam Docherty (vc)          Daniel Talia                 Jake Lever

HB: Shaun Burgoyne        Steven May                Harris Andrews

C: Tom Liberatore       Marcus Bontempelli         Jarrod McVeigh

HF: Orazio Fantasia           Tom Lynch               Charlie Cameron

FF: Jamie Elliot               Joe Daniher             Josh Bruce

RR: Nic Naitanui              Adam Treloar              Nat Fyfe (c)

I: Easton Wood       Tom Scully        David Zaharakis              Matthew Kreuzer

Notable outs: Brett Deledio, Matt Suckling, Aaron Hall, Mitchell McGovern, Jake Stringer, Aaron Sandilands, Paddy Ryder