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Mzun-gone: Tendai Mzungu injures knee

Do we have a MID/FWD DPP Curse? First Callinan and now Mzungu look to miss the start of the season. Mzungu is having scans, so nothing is confirmed as yet… but it doesn’t look good.

Fremantle’s Tendai Mzungu was on track to be one of the most selected players this season in AFL Dream Team. At under $100K and named as a MID/FWD, he was the backbone of a lot of teams with many people starting him. Now after Ian Callinan‘s torn bicep last week, we seem to have a “DPP Curse” as Chook puts it.

Mzungu was helped off the ground in the first quarter of the NAB Challenge match against the Eagles and taken straight to the rooms. The Dockers confirmed on Twitter that it was a knee injury and he is off to have scans.

Fingers crossed there is positive news… but it’s probably now time to get Tendai out of your Dream Teams for a serious structure reshuffle. Sucks because he was having a smashing pre-season with scores of 77 and 78 in the last two weeks.

To find some silver lining here, if he is out for a while, Nick Lower will be a dead certainty to be upgraded from the rookie list.



  1. saints_ammin_18

    March 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    dainggg that is not gud
    thanks for letting every noe

    • farkwhitsunday

      March 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      supercoach amyone?


      • Benatration

        March 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

        No f**k off. This isn’t SC Talk

        • oldhawk72

          March 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm


          • farkwhitsunday

            March 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

            You kiss your mother with that mouth Ben??

            If you havn’t got anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all!

            Cock wrencher…

        • magpies01

          March 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

          Relax were all her for some footy talk, the guy is just trying to have fun in his league.

          • andyjh

            March 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

            yeah ben he’s just trying to have some fun………….. the same way we find it fun to tell supercoach knobs to FUCK OFF!!!!!

      • Dicko

        March 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

        Joined. What up Benatration, we’re not allowed to play both?

        • Iamlegend

          March 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm

          Mate, the site is called DT Talk.

          supercoach is still good but were here to talk about dream team.

          • 50ontheline

            March 13, 2011 at 10:28 am

            Iamlegend, you are a moron. Go back to vietnam

  2. saints_ammin_18

    March 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    love u warnie
    makin reinforcements to my team coz of dis

  3. chriso10

    March 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    yep thanks warnie loving your stuff
    Lower will be dead cert if he is gone.

    lower has shown too much pre season not to be upgraded with only other option Clancee pearce who should get chances through the season

  4. Benatration

    March 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm


  5. Jimmy 09

    March 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    im swewing

    • Virgil

      March 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      I, too, am swewing.

      • richo_rocks

        March 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm

        I’m swewing too

        • fishtopher

          March 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm

          I can’t stop swewing

          • I wanna ROK and roll all night.

            March 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm

            I’m swewing all over the place

          • goatus_oqueef

            March 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

            I just swewed up in my mouth and swallowed it again.

          • MCHammerhead

            March 13, 2011 at 2:40 am

            tigerblood will fix that right up

      • TeeTee

        March 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        I think I just swewed in my pants…

        • Goaled Finger

          March 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

          I swewed all night, might swew again today if the mood strikes!

  6. whale

    March 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    well that craps all over my team structure
    ideal replacements under 100k?

    Heard that another roo has gone down, will this help atley get a string of games at the start?

  7. swanlow36

    March 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm


    To Smith or not to Smith?

    • oldhawk72

      March 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      ive gone smith….for now :/

      • Birdy

        March 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm


        • oldhawk72

          March 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm


  8. Calvin


    March 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Who is this guy?? – I never even had him in my team!

    • whale

      March 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      hahaha, yeah man you’ve locked in callinan and never looked back, right?

      • swanlow36

        March 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm

        He could be used as a DPP player switching around FWD/MID if you’re going for the car.

  9. nacholibre

    March 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    bad news for freo and the player himself but makes DT more interesting. 9/10 teams, who knew what they were doing, would have had him in so now it creates more uniques between teams.

    an ideal mid season target if the injury is a few months. silver lining??

    • whale

      March 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      not really, we already had callinan

  10. Virgil

    March 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Brodie Martin was suspected of doing an ACL last week, and is now a chance to play round 1. No point speculating over it until scans confirmed the extent of any damage done.

    But you should all get rid of him anyway, just in case ;).

  11. Benatration

    March 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    From Freo Twitter:

    “Tendai Mzungu injury update: following scans it appears to be his left medial ligament and some bone bruising”

    • nacholibre

      March 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      left medial….anyone know how long that keeps someone out for?

      • Benatration

        March 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

        8-10 weeks is being mentioned abit

        • swanlow36

          March 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

          Need to find a suitable replacement for Mzungu and Darling is Locked and loaded :D

      • Albatross

        March 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        Depending on the grade it could be anywhere from 3 weeks to a few months!

      • mill

        March 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        Medial injury the best worst case for a knee. Mine took around 6 weeks when it blew out.

      • Big Lance

        March 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        Campbell Brown missed 3 or 4 with a medial last year.

        • thommo

          March 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

          At season’s end the injury is normally about a month for a mid-grade if team playing finals, but to start the year most teams will be overcautious. He won’t be rushed back.

  12. probably

    March 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I was at the game and mzungu didn’t look good. Very surprised if he makes it back for round one.

    On a more positive note darling looked the goods. Defintely in the best 22 imo. Gaff must be close to a pick as well.

    • Benatration

      March 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      ssssssh ;)

  13. stray

    March 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    hope i didnt curse him….i moved lower in yesterday in hope

  14. Birdy

    March 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    will have to move krak into mids, then maybe pick up darling. unless isaac smith play’s in which case i can just do a swapsies

    • Birdy

      March 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      Maybe Viv Michie ?? whats he doing?

      • oldhawk72

        March 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm

        i read viv michie was subbed off at half time so maybe he’s not the right choice.
        ive done the same….moved krak into the mids and now it seems a choice between i smith and darling….i have smith atm but i got a feeling the hawks wont pick him in round 1

  15. Simbaruby

    March 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm


    any help is appreciated in light of this tragedy!

    Who to bring in?

    Higgins – leaving $0 in bank
    Fyfe – leaving $60k
    Robbie Gray – (He owes me from last year – really doubt i could do it again!) $60k in bank.

    • nacholibre

      March 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Higgins starred today apparently, go with him.

      how did Lower and Michie go today?

      Did Sandi play? how did he go vs Coxy?

      • oldhawk72

        March 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

        from what im reading around the place (and this is by far not a professional opinion) sandi played well….no mention of cox….michie was subbed off so thats not a good sign…..lower could be the rookie elevation if mzungu’s injury is long term

        • jb

          March 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

          doesn’t need to be freo already heve 2 spots available moribito and hayden

        • Axis

          March 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

          I dont know why anyone was even worried about Lower being elevated, there were always 2 spots with morabito and hayden on the LTI list (now possibly 3 with the muzzzz out), and through the pre-season only 4 of the rookie listed players have had a run, two of whom were insignificant nothings ( hamish shepheard and casey sibosado) and the other two who may well both get elevated in clancee pearce who played last year, and of course Lower who has been the best of the rookies by far! LOCK AND LOAD!

      • adam200

        March 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

        cox didnt play

        • salza

          March 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm

          went to the game…Cox did play – first half.
          Sandi was great.

        • Mitch Screaming Eagle

          March 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm

          Subbed off at half time,why would you comment and say he didn’t play if you got no idea

    • dunny

      March 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Robbie Gray was back to his best but they did only play against GWS who didn’t put up a massive amount of resistance.

  16. knickers

    March 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Off topic…will we see all the final team lists prior to having to lock our teams in?…1st game is a Thursday..does this mean 1st lock out will leave us only knowing 2 teams?

    • Virgil

      March 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      First lockout will only lock Carlton and Richmond players in or out of your team. There’ll be a second ‘proper’ lockout on the Friday, so we’ll know all the teams.

    • mill

      March 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      Yep clubs wont name a 22 for sunday games Wednesday night and why would you?

      • knickers

        March 12, 2011 at 11:56 pm if sunday team 22’s come out on saturday, and you have attley,hibbard,darling etc in mind you will have to lock em in not knowing if they will play 1st round…

  17. Iamlegend

    March 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I will keep him if it is a month or less. He is worth it and have plenty of cover.

    • Leroy

      March 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      i dont think this season there is a such thing as PLENTY of cover with the bye’s

  18. thebigpecker

    March 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I know all this stuff about Jacobs, Callinan and Mzungu is horrible, but did someone say DOWNGRADE TARGETS?

    • thommo

      March 12, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      I hate to admit it, but I am one of the callous people that thought ‘downgrade target’ straight after ‘poor bastard’.

  19. Iamlegend

    March 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    The worst part is these injurys are happening in nab CHALLENGE matches!

    • knickers

      March 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Better to happen know than 2 weeks intot he season..thebigpecker must live close to me, cause i said downgrade targets….^_^…

      • thebigpecker

        March 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm

        We must! These blokes are all locked and loaded when they come back.

  20. kem

    March 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    freo twitter says not that serious. bone bruising and left medial ligament…

    • kem

      March 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      google says this about it…

      Prognosis of a MCL tear

      With appropriate management, most patients with a minor to moderate MCL injury (grades 1 and 2) can return to sport or normal activity within 2 – 8 weeks.

  21. Mitch Screaming Eagle

    March 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Wow who would of thought an injury to a player that has never played a game of afl could throw so many dt coaches into disarray,to dpp or not is now a question with the lack of dpp bench options that are likely to play rnd 1 ,cant commit to a structure now till teams are named mzungu was a sure thing now we are hoping guys like buckley,smith and hibberd get named…..gonna be a waiting game to get it right then most likely a mad rush when teams are named….gotta love dt curveballs everyday

    • kem

      March 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      assuming mzungu is gone… i just completely restructured my team… scary when i thought it was pretty much set….

      • swanlow36

        March 13, 2011 at 12:47 am

        scary should we not have DPP FWD/MIDs

    • MCHammerhead

      March 13, 2011 at 2:49 am

      not the hugest deal… just chuck Krak in the mids… I had both in the mids before this weekend to provide heaps of dpp options fwd/mid but now just have Krak’s with maybe Conca replacing Mzungu.
      Downgraded Buddy -> Stevie J and now only have $5k

    • Iamlegend

      March 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      hibberd should play. but I already had him………

  22. YPJ

    March 12, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Need a replacement, help.

  23. AzzDawg

    March 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Can anyone put a timeframe on Bartels Concussion?

    • Mitch Screaming Eagle

      March 13, 2011 at 12:45 am

      I’m sure he’ll be right for rnd 1 in 2 weeks mate

  24. Ashie.1

    March 13, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Great call farkwhitsunday.

    Champion sledge.

  25. MCHammerhead

    March 13, 2011 at 2:56 am

    DT TALK NSW (League invite code: 707251)

    somebody dropped out – now have a free spot available for anyone that missed out on the official DT Talk leagues.
    Please only join if you’re from the ‘first state’

    • nostradamus

      March 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

      tried……..but full :(

  26. Iamlegend

    March 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

    warnie was right about more injuries coming round the corner!

  27. Nooie

    March 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Not Mzungu now my fwd/mid mpp is GONE!! did you hear? GONE!!!. My only hopes now are Isaac Smith and T Schneider. Hawthorn to the rescue! :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

    • jb

      March 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

      what about krak and prestia ?

  28. swanlow36

    March 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Just use Callinan as a DPP FWD/MID and you’ll be fine.

    • jb

      March 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      don’t think u can really afford to pick anyone thats not playing

  29. GrandOldFlag

    March 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Davis or Yarran?

    • Nooie

      March 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      That is a tough one. Davis will not get his 09 form back but he should improve 70-75 odd.(If playing)

      There has been a lot of talk about Yarran but I am not to sure.

      If anything Yarran could be a pass of the round 23 Bye

      Predict: Wait till teams are named.

    • Vishnu27

      March 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Yarran! Has trained all preseason with the backs & has looked at home in NAB games. Leon at your peril

  30. magpies01

    March 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Can someone help with my mid bench? I had Mzungu, but now it’s Smith, Wallis, Hibberd. Is that alright? I’ve got 2 DPP’s, but i dunno about Wallis.

    • GrandOldFlag

      March 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Think Liberatore is ahead of Wallis atm. Maybe Harris?

      • swanlow36

        March 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        No Libba Jr. or Wallis in your squad if you have Montagna and/or Boyd.

        • Shaun Dawgs

          March 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

          why montagna?

          • Benatration

            March 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm

            Rd4 bye

          • Shaun Dawgs

            March 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

            oh silly me, Im going for a league win so Im not worrying about 3 team byes

  31. Nooie

    March 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    More drama…. Irons has injured his leg. It says it under the preseason talks; tough start for Folau as Power belts Giants. Near the top off this page. Go into it, go to the bottom and it says injures Power: Irons(leg)

    • Nooie

      March 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Sorry ankle

    • Shaun Dawgs

      March 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      ‘Rookie-listed onballer Jarrad Irons also sat out the second half, after jarring his knee.’

      • Iamlegend

        March 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        I’m pretty sure its minor.

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