Morabito closes in on return

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 27 Februari 2013 | 12.50

COMEBACK TRAIL: Fremantle's Anthony Morabito (left) could resume training within weeks. Picture: Daniel Wilkins Source: HWT Image Library

FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon says midfielder Anthony Morabito could return to full training within a month.

Lyon revealed the "little snippet" at Fremantle's season launch at Burswood this morning, also stating that skipper Matthew Pavlich would not take part in this week's NAB Cup Round 2 clash with Carlton at Etihad Stadium so as not to miss the birth of his and wife Lauren's first child.

Morabito is recovering from his latest of three knee reconstructions, having undergone LARS treatment five weeks ago in attempt to return to competition for the first time since his debut 23-game season in 2010.


Lyon told the attendees at the launch that the 21-year-old could return to full-time training in four weeks, but was reluctant to speak in-depth on Morabito's recovery, instead saying the player would talk when he was ready.

"I don't know whether it's (Morabito's recovery) ahead (of schedule), I don't think it's behind, I think it's just about right," Lyon said.

"He's right on track and, what is it, it's probably a bit longer than three weeks, Round 1, AFL he'll be introduced into full training.

"We're really keen for Anthony to talk to that when he feels comfortable.

"We enjoy that everyone respecting what he's been through and where he's heading, but we're keen to continue to update all our fans and members along the way.

"That was just a little snippet of where he's at and, at the appropriate time, he'll do a presser himself, I would imagine."

Lyon played a similar card with Pavlich's impending absence, saying it was up to the Fremantle captain to discuss his private matters, but said the game had evolved for the better in players prioritising their personal lives.

"I don't want to talk for Matthew, I don't think that's my position," he said.

"I think we all know Lauren's pregnant, it's close to the date and I don't think it's for me to talk about their private life.

"But him flying interstate would certainly put that at risk, so he won't play.

"If they need to be there, then they should be there.

"We're really respectful of the families and wives and the support that needs to be given there.

"The game's evolved a lot; fathers never used to go to the births and how tragic did that use to be, so we've all moved a little bit forward from those days, fortunately."

Nat Fyfe and David Mundy are expected to line up against Carlton and Lyon said they would retain their spots for the remainder of the pre-season competition as "they need to catch up on some minutes".

Michael Barlow will not face the Blues, while Stephen Hill will also miss after picking up an arm injury in the practice match loss to Adelaide last Saturday. However, his omission was labelled as precautionary.

Lyon said the Dockers' other injury concern from the Crows game, Michael Walters (ankle), will fly east.

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