Crocs star back on court af­ter cop­ping ear­ful

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Andrew Aloia andrew. aloia@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

HULK­ING Croc­o­dile Rosell El­lis had his bear­ings back yes­ter­day and didn’t put a foot wrong in prac­tice.

It was an achieve­ment for the Amer­i­can who was all out of whack against Perth on Fri­day night af­ter cop­ping a stray el­bow to his right ear early in the match.

While club medics quickly ruled out any dam­age to El­lis’s ear drum, the gash was so bad that it didn’t stop bleed­ing un­til Sun­day af­ter­noon.

El­lis is yet to be cleared to fly to Mel­bourne to face the Tigers on Satur­day, but the in­jury is not ex­pected to be ef­fected by al­ti­tude.

Townsville coach Trevor Glee­son was re­lieved to see a marked im­prove­ment in El­lis, but said the for­ward’s health would be mon­i­tored for the rest of the week.

‘‘ His headache has stopped and is get­ting back to nor­mal, but there is still some bruis­ing,’’ Glee­son said.

‘‘ Last week it would have been a prob­lem to fly, but he should be okay.

‘‘ Dur­ing the game he couldn’t equalise but that doesn’t seem to be an is­sue any more.’’

It might only have been a light train­ing session at The Crocs Club in Wul­guru yes­ter­day, but it was one of the most sig­nif­i­cant team gath­er­ings of the past month with teenage swing­man Todd Blanch­field re­turn­ing to on-court du­ties.

It’s to­day, how­ever, that Croc­o­dile bosses will get a true gauge of Blanch­field’s fit­ness and de­ter­mine what time frame is put on his re­turn.

‘‘ While he is okay to get back to nor­mal ac­tiv­ity on the court, to­day was a lighter session, now we will get stuck into him and get a bet­ter in­di­ca­tion,’’ Glee­son said.

Blanch­field’s staying power is not in ques­tion, rather his sharp­ness af­ter sitting out four games af­ter se­verely bruis­ing his lower back in a heavy fall against Syd­ney late last month.

CONCERN: Perth Wild­cat Matt Knight is tended to af­ter be­ing in­jured against the Crocs

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