Fremantle’s Anthony Morabito could be ready to play within two weeks in what would be his first game for almost 18 months.

Morabito’s troubled rehabilitation from a knee reconstruction has been a source of frustration for all at Fremantle, but coach Ross Lyon said the youngster was closing in on a return.

“Anthony obviously had three significant hiccups coming off an ACL, which is really frustrating,” said Lyon in Esperance.

“But he is really up and going. He did full football training back at Fremantle today.

“He is clocking over 30km a week so he should get the last two trial games in. We are pretty excited about that.”

Morabito, still only 20, played 23 of Fremantle’s 24 matches in 2010 but injured his knee at pre-season training in December that year.

Lyon yesterday confirmed that the recuperation had taken longer than Morabito and the club would have liked, declaring there was no such thing as simple clean-up surgery. He said Morabito had suffered from lesions around the injury which required an operation.

“It has been a long, hard road for a young man,” Lyon said. “Clearly he has got some talent that we need to harness.”

Lyon hosed down concerns about midfielder Michael Barlow developing soreness in his rebuilt leg and was confident he would be ready for the club’s round one clash against Geelong.

“He was in full pre-season all summer,” Lyon said. “He had a slight hiccup with his leg but for two weeks we will back him off and then get going. He will be available for round one.”

But Lyon remained cautious about 2010 best and fairest David Mundy, who did some running yesterday but remains some weeks off playing as a result of his 2011 ankle injury.

Lyon said Mundy was confident he could be ready to face the Cats but the club had a more measured approach.

“The plan was that he would be available for round one but he has got to do the work,” the coach said.

“He is pretty confident that he will be back for round one. The coaches aren’t as confident.

“We will see who is right and who is wrong, but I love his attitude.”┬áSource Link

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