Star Geelong player Gary Ablett junior is expected to return from a hamstring injury this week. But he’s no certainty to play this Friday.

Toby Rowen reports.

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Cat’s doctors gave Ablett the all clear to train, but say he may not line up against the Giants.

The Sydney Swans have injury woes too.

Franklin with a bruised heel and Hannebery with a groin tear.

John Longmire, Swan’s Coach: “So, missed last week, this week, and we’ll see what he’s like this time next week.”

While Melbourne player Christian Petracca needs surgery on an infected dog bite.

In NRL, Manly has recalled former half Jackson Hastings for Sunday’s match against the Roosters after dropping him from the lineup three weeks ago.

Lyall Gordon, Sea Eagles Chief Executive: “Well, circumstances change… three weeks ago we didn’t have seven players on our long term injury list either.”

The Sea Eagles have now weathered four straight defeats.

Sydney FC midfielder Adrian Mierzejewski has taken home the Johnny Warren medal at the A-League’s awards night.

He polled 37 points from 24 games in his first A-League season, 11 points clear of second place.

Adrian Mierzejewski, Sydney FC midfielder: “Thank you for coaching staff, medical staff and all people from Sydney FC. And of course thank you to my team mates because without them it’s impossible to be here.”

Matildas captain Clare Polkinghorne tied with teammate Sam Kerr for the Julie Dolan medal after both women received 17 votes.

Toby Rowen, QUT News.