Signs solid for Silvagni return
Fremantle defender Alex Silvagni is finally set to resume full training within the next two weeks, raising hopes that he could be back playing within a month.
Silvagni, struck down first by a groin problem, then a stomach infection which hospitalised him briefly in March ahead of Fremantle’s round-one match against Brisbane, has been unable to join in full training since.
Football manager Chris Bond would not set a firm time frame for the 23-year-old’s return to playing but confirmed that Silvagni was almost ready to resume full training.
“We would expect him to be back in full training in one to two weeks but we will tread a little warily with him,” Bond said.
Silvagni was expected to be a second or third tall defensive option and a makeshift ruck/forward option for the Dockers in 2011 after playing 15 games in 2010 and showing promising form in the pre-season.
Fremantle continue to take a conservative approach with their other long-term injured players, Roger Hayden, Tendai Mzungu and Michael Barlow.
Mzungu, a pre-season star who suffered knee ligament damage and bone bruising after falling awkwardly from a marking contest in the club’s final pre-season hit-out, is expected to start modified training next week.
“All being well, he could start full training a couple of weeks after that but I am always reluctant to set time limits on it,” Bond said.
Barlow, who broke his leg in round 13 last year against North Melbourne, continues to make steady progress in his rehabilitation but the club is still setting no date for his return.
“We are pleased with how he is going,” Bond said. “But he is also still probably three to four weeks away from full training.”
Hayden, who is still nursing a broken foot that was a carryover from the 2010 season, is in a similar position to Barlow.
“We would expect him to start full training around about the time that Michael does – in about three to four weeks,” Bond said.
The Dockers rebounding defender stocks have been stretched because of the injuries to Silvagni, Mzungu and Hayden in particular, with Nick Suban also breaking a leg in Fremantle’s round-four win against North Melbourne.
Greg Broughton (back) was absent from the Anzac Day game but is expected to be fit to play against Richmond in round seven.