Crocs star back on court after copping earful
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.
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