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BULLDOG COULD BE BACK - Thomas cleared of Major Damage

 

BULLDOG COULD BE BACK
By ZAC MILBANK |Twitter @zacmilbank
Central District co-captain Paul Thomas could make a shock recovery from a serious hand injury to play against South Adelaide at Playford Alive Oval on Saturday.
Despite severely lacerating his hand during the first term against West Adelaide in round 14, the Magarey Medallist has been cleared of any fractures.
As a result, the former Essendon defender will attempt to prove his fitness at training this week. But the more likely scenario has Thomas missing the clash with the Panthers before returning against the Eagles in round 16.
‘’He (Thomas) lost a massive amount of blood,’’ Central chief executive Kris Grant said.
‘’I don’t know whether it was that which cause him to faint…He went to hospital because they (doctors) thought there might have been a fracture but that came back all clear.
‘’It is a very good result because we all know what his value to the side is. We need him back as soon as possible.’’
While Thomas may not miss a match, the return of premiership defender Yves Sibenaler is no closer as he continues to battle a long-term knee injury.
The experienced backman isn’t prepared to call and end to his career, with Grant confirming Sibenaler will attempt to return before the end of the minor round.
‘’At the moment he just wants to see how it goes – he wants to give himself every chance to have another run,’’ Grant said.
‘’In all probability, I don’t think (he will return) but at this stage he’s not calling the shots until it is definite.’’
West Adelaide pair Ryan Anderson and Aaron Fielke look set to miss at least a month after injuring their shoulders against the Bulldogs on Saturday.
While their exact recovery period is yet to be determined, the initial diagnosis isn’t positive for the Bloods.
‘’It’s definitely disappointing,’’ West football manager Andrew Marks said.
‘’The fact we lost Fielks early disrupted our forward pressure for sure. Both of them have been extremely consistent so we are going to miss them.’’
In better news for the Bloods, key defender Joel Tippett (shin) and former Crow Brad Moran (calf) are expected to play against Woodville-West Torrens at City Mazda Stadium on Saturday.
‘’They don’t appear to be serious injuries – on Saturday night the seemed to be OK,’’ Marks said.
‘’I was talking to Joel for a long time and he seems OK and I know Brad was in the rooms for a while afterwards and there was no sense of urgency.’’
Woodville-West Torrens forward Adam Grocke was unable to play in the reserves on Sunday after his mystery Achilles injury flared up again. The Eagles remain hopeful the Fos Williams Medallist will play in the seconds against West Adelaide on Saturday.
 

 

By ZAC MILBANK |Twitter @zacmilbank

Central District co-captain Paul Thomas could make a shock recovery from a serious hand injury to play against South Adelaide at Playford Alive Oval on Saturday.

Despite severely lacerating his hand during the first term against West Adelaide in round 14, the Magarey Medallist has been cleared of any fractures.

As a result, the former Essendon defender will attempt to prove his fitness at training this week. But the more likely scenario has Thomas missing the clash with the Panthers before returning against the Eagles in round 16.

‘’He (Thomas) lost a massive amount of blood,’’ Central chief executive Kris Grant said.

‘’I don’t know whether it was that which cause him to faint…He went to hospital because they (doctors) thought there might have been a fracture but that came back all clear.

‘’It is a very good result because we all know what his value to the side is. We need him back as soon as possible.’’

While Thomas may not miss a match, the return of premiership defender Yves Sibenaler is no closer as he continues to battle a long-term knee injury.

The experienced backman isn’t prepared to call and end to his career, with Grant confirming Sibenaler will attempt to return before the end of the minor round.

‘’At the moment he just wants to see how it goes – he wants to give himself every chance to have another run,’’ Grant said.

‘’In all probability, I don’t think (he will return) but at this stage he’s not calling the shots until it is definite.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

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