Gold Coast Suns captain Gary Ablett says it’s difficult to put a time-frame on his return from a shoulder injury, however he hopes to be fit in time to play in his side’s round seven clash against West Coast.
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Ablett missed the backend of the 2014 season after suffering a dislocated shoulder and has encountered another setback after the injury was put to the test in the opening two rounds of 2015.
A series of fierce tackles from Melbourne star Jack Viney has forced Ablett out since round two.
The 30-year-old says the real test will come when he ramps up contact work next week.
“The shoulder’s getting there,” Ablett is quoted as saying by AAP.
“It’s a day-to-day thing and I’ve got to see how I pull up from every session and the real test for it is going to be in about a week’s time, when I really ramp up the contact work.
“I can’t really put a time frame on it … hopefully I’m not too far away and I’m out there in a couple of weeks.”
Gold Coast have endured a poor start to 2015, and the club’s reliance on Ablett has certainly shown.
The Suns are 0-4 in this season and suffered a 66-point loss to fellow expansion club Greater Western Sydney on ANZAC Day.
Rodney Eade’s side face Queensland rivals Brisbane Lions on Saturday in what is a clash between the AFL’s only two winless sides.