Morabito in surprise training appearance
Fremantle young gun Anthony Morabito has made a surprise appearance at training and completed a full running session ahead of expectations.
Morabito spent almost 90 minutes at Fremantle Oval in the west on Thursday engaging in strong running and light ball-work drills just two days after Dockers medical staff had declared an injury setback to his comeback plans.
Most outstanding for Morabito was his impressive running, though not at full pace after straining a thigh muscle late last month.
The classy 20-year-old had been predicted to miss up to the next three weeks of vital full training with his latest injury setback.
He missed the entire 2011 season recovering from a full knee reconstruction after he ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament just before Christmas last summer.
He also had minor surgery on his repaired knee late into January to remove some floating soft tissue that continued to aggravate his comeback efforts.
Morabito is understood to have reported to teammates and confidants that he remains hopeful of making a determined bid to resume his AFL career in Fremantle’s season opener against reigning champions Geelong in Perth on Saturday night of March 31.
He intends making an effort to at least play one WAFL match a week before the AFL premiership launch in a quest to convince new Dockers coach Ross Lyon and his medical advisors of a full recovery.
Morabito was Fremantle’s cherished first pick and number four overall at the 2009 national draft and played 23 games of a possible 24 including two finals in his debut season.
The dashing midfielder has been likened in his classy movements and finishing skills to Sydney champion Adam Goodes.
Morabito is in his race against time to be available for Fremantle’s opening round showdown with the Cats along with another crucial Dockers midfield pair David Mundy and Michael Barlow.
Mundy, 26, is suffering on-going ankle problems and still not back into full training, while Barlow, 24, suffers constant soreness in the lower leg that he snapped just below his left knee in his stunning debut season in 2010.
Barlow appears more likely to be available to confront the sensational Cats on-ball brigade at the end of this month than Mundy.