Gary Ablett is poised to step straight out of quarantine and into the Geelong line-up for Sunday’s clash with Sydney.
Cats assistant coach Matthew Knights on Tuesday said Ablett looked strong and sharp as he joined his teammates in full training for the first time since leaving the Cats’ bubble after the loss to Collingwood at Perth Stadium in Round 7
Knights also declared captain Joel Selwood “a certain starter”, having been held back from selection since Round 12.
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Ablett, wearing his dad’s famous No.5, was given a rousing reception from his teammates when he took to the track at Southport after leaving the AFL quarantine hub on Tuesday morning.
It will be Ablett’s first match since July 16 for personal reasons.
“All indications look pretty good at this stage. He trained really well. He got through the session unscathed and moved really well,” Knights said.
Selwood completed a solid running block before joining in training.
Rhys Stanley did not train but Knights said that didn’t necessarily rule him out of returning this weekend.