CARLTON could be able to call on the services of Jack Martin this Sunday.
The talented forward came from the ground in the third quarter of last night’s win against Sydney.
Director of High Performance Andrew Russell said that Martin had “pulled up quite well” post-game, but his fate for this weekend would be clearer closer to the game.
“He came off, he had some awareness: it certainly wasn’t high grade,” Russell said.
“We think he is probably going to be a test to play, the next couple of days will tell.
“Off a five-day break, it is going to be close but he is not out of the mix altogether.”
The Blues could also welcome back Michael Gibbons, who has missed the last two matches with groin soreness.
Coming out of the side prior to the clash with GWS six days ago, Russell said Gibbons was on track to return to action.
“‘Gibbo’ has bounced back pretty well the last few days,” he said.
“He will train tomorrow with the reserves group. We will see if he’s ready to play this week but he’s going to be pretty close.”
Unfortunately, the Blues won’t see Caleb Marchbank in action in 2020, with Russell saying the Club made the call focus on next season with the defender.
“He had a bit of an interruption a couple of weeks ago. He needed a perfect run to be able to play AFL this year but he hasn’t had that,” he said.
“Given where he is at, given he hadn’t done a lot of work leading into playing reserves, we decided to take him out for the season.
“We’ve got five months to prepare him until next year and that is exactly what we’re going to do.”
|Eddie Betts||Managed||Available for selection.|
|Michael Gibbons||Groin||"He's bounced back pretty well... he is going to be pretty close."|
|Caleb Marchbank||Leg||"We've decided to take him out for the season... we've got five months to prepare him for next year."|
|Jack Martin||Calf||"We think he is going to be a test to play. It's going to be close but he's not out of the mix."|
|Marc Pittonet||Managed||Available for selection.|
|Jack Silvagni||Knee (ITB)|