Gary Ablett of the Gold Coast Suns is expected to return to the team’s lineup in the near future after going through a strong session of training Metricon Stadium on June 22. If the club’s captain can manage to get through another session pain free on June 24 he should be ready to play against the Carlton Blues in Melbourne this Sunday, June 28. In addition, it looks like David Swallow, Harley Bennell, Steven May and Rory Thompson should all be fit enough to take part in the game. With so many injured Suns’ players returning fans and bettors may want to back the side with a CrownBet AFL Bonus Bet this week.
Ablett dislocated his left shoulder last season and aggravated it earlier this campaign. He’s been sidelined since the second round and is anxious to get back on the field. Marcus Ashcroft, the football manager for the Suns spoke with the media about Ablett’s condition after training on June 22 and remarked,
He trained well today and went to another level. We’re keen for him to play, on the proviso he does everything he needs to do on Wednesday. “We’re optimistic still.”
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May, Swallow, Thompson, and Bennell will also be reassessed after training on June 24. Midfielder Swallow has been out of action since the fourth round. Last year’s best and fairest award winner has been able to run for several weeks and is also anxious to return to the roster. Ashcroft claimed that May should be ready to play on the weekend, but he’s not sure about Thompson. The young Gold Coast back line is hoping the pair will return soon to add some experience and class to it. Ashcroft added, “It’s a fine line. You need to make sure you have some good players coming back in, but you want to set them up to succeed rather than fail. This is the first step of them playing the rest of the year. It’s a long-term view as well.” Be sure to take advantage of a CrownBet AFL Bonus Bet before each round of action.