Injury update: Dreher’s unfortunate setback

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A broken foot for Max Dreher will see him miss the first half of the season. (PHOTO CREDIT: Northern Blues Football Club)

Max Dreher has suffered an injury setback which will delay his first year at the Northern Blues.

Dreher suffered a broken foot, which has resulted in him being in a moon boot and will see him miss up to four months of action.

Hopeful of a return in July, Dreher has started the transition out of the moon boot, with scans recently revealing that no surgery is required.

It’s a case of taking the positives out of unfortunate news for Dreher, with initial fears that he could’ve missed the entirety of the 2018 season.

The young Northern Knights graduate was one of a number of new Blues keen to make his mark this year, on the back of a very promising year in the TAC Cup.

Dreher will have the perfect sounding board at Northern in Ben Hurley, who has resumed full training in the last fortnight.

After missing the whole season last year with a foot injury, Hurley’s return to the training track was a much-awaited and much-welcomed one.

In other injury news, another former Knight in Christian Farchione is awaiting the results of scans to determine how long he will be out of action.

The youngster injured has been off the training track in recent weeks following a shoulder injury.

Jesse Palmer is scheduled to get some significant game-time under his belt in the coming weeks as he continues his return from shoulder surgery.

After arriving at Northern in the summer, the former Port Adelaide player is completing strength work and is optimistic of two practice matches prior to Round 1 on April 7.

There was more positive news to come on the injury front, with Northern Blues High Performance Manager Steven Tiricola confirming a clean bill of health from last week’s game.