Sport Ablett aiming to ramp up AFL training

01:27  13 march  2018
01:27  13 march  2018 Source:   MSN

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Gary Ablett has completed Gold Coast's training session on Thursday and will be named by the Suns to on Saturday make his 300th AFL appearance.

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As the Cats await word on Patrick Dangerfield's hamstring injury, Ablett looks more likely to be ready for their March 25 opener against Melbourne.

By then it will be just on a month since Ablett tweaked a hamstring at training and a scan showed a strain.

"I'm hoping to join in (full training) at the end of this week, if not early next week, and just really looking forward to jumping into it," Ablett said on Monday.

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Ablett has been given the early stages of this week off to spend time with new wife Jordan Papalia, who he married on Friday, but will not delay his return as the club ramps up their training for the MORE IN afl . Three premier Tigers join AFLX. Beats and drones: New coach’s bizarre training methods.

The 33-year-old returns to Kardinia Park for 2018 after seven seasons at the Gold Coast Suns, with a trade home to the Cats only finalised on the final day of the AFL exchange period. “There’s been so many people coming up and saying ‘welcome back’,” Ablett said. “I love this football club.

Excitement is high at Geelong about Ablett's return and his addition to their midfield alongside Dangerfield and captain Joel Selwood.

But Dangerfield hurt a hamstring in Sunday's pre-season loss to Essendon and the 2016 Brownlow Medallist says it is the first time the he has suffered the injury.

The public holiday means Geelong must wait until Tuesday for Dangerfield to have scans and know the full extent of the injury.

"It feels pretty good," Dangerfield said at Geelong's headquarters on Monday.

"I've never done a hammy before, so without having done one, it's hard to say where it's at."

Dangerfield was not worried about his setback.

"It's not ideal - that being said, there are far more people in worse situations than I am," Dangerfield said.

"You need a little bit of perspective I think."

Lachie Henderson (knee) and Scott Selwood (ankle) are still recovering, while Rhys Stanley also hurt a calf in the Essendon loss.

Ablett in for Cats, Danger doubts remain .
Superstar Geelong duo Gary Ablett and Patrick Dangerfield are battling injuries to be ready for the start of the AFL season.Ablett didn't feature in Geelong's pre-season series after suffering a hamstring strain in February and has been carefully managed since.

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