GWS co-captain Phil Davis wants to play again this season after suffering a serious kidney injury, but it’s several other returning stars that are set to boost the struggling Giants for their next AFL game.
Defender Davis, 23, spent 13 days in Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred hospital and underwent two lots of surgery after getting hurt in the Giants season opener against Sydney on March 15.
Davis said on Friday he would see a specialist next week and have another scan in four to five weeks.
“I definitely want to play this year, that’s my goal,” Davis told media on Friday.
“However my health comes first.”
Asked to put a percentage on him playing again this season Davis joked: “I’ve never been good at maths; I’m not sure, it really depends on this scan.
“I’m able to do everything bar contact, which is quite liberating.
“By now I feel like I’m just starting pre-season, so everything else feels good.
“I’m a bit unfit, but enjoying the hard work that comes with getting fit again.”
The battling Giants could certainly do with Davis as they have lost their past five games after a promising 2-1 start to the season and have suspended midfielder Toby Greene for five games for breaching the club’s code of conduct.
Last week against West Coast in Perth they conceded 188 points, the second biggest total they have ever given up.
However, coach Leon Cameron said four key players were poised to return from injury against Richmond next Saturday.
Ruckman Shane Mumford, will be back for the first time since round three while forward spearhead Jeremy Cameron, midfielder Adam Treloar and rebounding defender Curtly Hampton will also be available after all of them missed the Eagles game.
It will be the Giants first game at Spotless Stadium in six rounds after having played in Canberra twice and also in Adelaide, Gold Coast and Perth while their ground was required for, and then recovering after, Sydney’s Royal Easter Show.
“We really look forward to playing there, we’ve won two from two there,” Cameron said.
“We’re going to get some players back.
“We need to put the last week behind us and look forward to what’s going to happen next Saturday.”
Nick Haynes will be out for three months with a broken ankle he suffered last weekend, but another key defender, Tim Mohr, has played one game back in the NEAFL, after foot and knee injuries.