Suns star trio may be out un­til April

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

Karmichael Hunt GOLD Coast’s ma­jor draw­cards Gary Ablett, Karmichael Hunt and Jared Bren­nan are un­likely to resur­face un­til the club’s his­toric open­ing AFL match against Carl­ton at the Gabba next month.

S u n s c o a c h G u y Mc K e n n a h a s r u l e d Hunt out of play­ing against Syd­ney on Satur­day at South­port be­cause of ‘‘ gen­eral sore­ness’’ and has all but given up hope of Ablett or Bren­nan gain­ing any m a t c h p r a c t i c e i n March.

Ablett and Bren­nan have yet to play a pre­sea­son match of any type.

The for­mer Gee­long cham­pion i s l ack­ing aer­o­bic fit­ness af­ter be­ing ham­pered by a groin in­jury while Bren­nan is well be­hind on his prepa­ra­tion be­cause of an an­kle ail­ment.

McKenna said he held n o c o n c e r n s a b o u t Ablett not play­ing a match lead­ing into the Suns’ AFL de­but in the sec­ond round of the AFL sea­son on April 2.

’’ You’d like to think so ( he’d play a prac­tice match), but where his body is at, at the mo­ment it’s about get­ting miles into his legs,’’ McKenna said.

‘‘ He’s on a pro­gram to get some miles into his legs. If he ticks that over and he feels com­fort­able and we get a game in, great.

‘ ‘ . . . You’re t alk­ing about one of the bet­ter play­ers in the mod­ern era, touch will not be an is­sue with Gary.

‘ ‘ I t ’ s a b o ut g e t t i ng enough miles in his legs so he can get through a sea­son.’’

A s f o r B r e n n a n , McKenna was just as op­ti­mistic about the for­mer Lion start­ing the year on time. ‘‘ The next two weeks will be fairly in­ten­sive for him to see where his body is at,’’ McKenna said.

Hunt missed yes­ter­day’s train­ing session and is likely to be placed in cot­ton wool un­til the Blues’ clash.

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