Docherty on track for sea­son opener

Mercury (Hobart) - - TSL, AFL -

CARL­TON co-cap­tain Sam Docherty re­mains on course to face Rich­mond in the opening round of the 2020 AFL sea­son af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in the United States.

The 26-year-old hasn’t played for the Blues since 2017 af­ter back-to-back an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment (ACL) tears, but has been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment from re­con­di­tion­ing spe­cial­ist Bill Knowles in Philadel­phia as he tar­gets a re­turn to full train­ing in mid-Jan­uary.

“I shot off to Philadel­phia last week for a week with one of the phys­ios from the club,” Docherty said.

“It was very good, very en­joy­able, and I got a lot out of it.

“I’m def­i­nitely leaner than I was last year, and less kilo­grams makes it eas­ier to run.”

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