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JLT1: Injury Report

Injury Report: JLT 1 SUNS TV chats to Jon Haines about injuries at the club.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Sean Lemmens of the Suns handpasses the ball during the AFLX match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Western Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
In his usual way he’s handled it [the injury] absolutely perfectly and he’s attacking his rehab.
Jon Haines on Sean Lemmens

The hamstring injury suffered by Sean Lemmens during the JLT1 match in Townsville will see the 24-year old complete rehabilitation for 3-4 weeks.

General Manager – Football Operations, Jon Haines said Lemmens had already begun to attack his rehab with a positive outlook.

“Disappointing for Sean, he’s had a terrific pre-season so far,” he told the goldcoastfc.com.au Injury Report.

“I think watching the game everyone would have noticed how good he was tackling and his forward pressure.

“The way he really hunted the opposition was exactly what we’ve been practising. 

“In his usual way he’s handled it [the injury] absolutely perfectly and he’s attacking his rehab.

A notable absentee from the SUNS’ JLT match in Townsville was tall-forward Peter Wright, who had sustained a slight injury during training.

“Pete’s just done a slight calf strain, he’s in rehab at the moment,” Haines said.

“All things being equal we see him tracking really well and being available for selection for Round 1.”

Unfortunately, small-forward Callum Ah Chee is also on the injury list but has progressed well throughout his rehab so far. 

“Cal’s had a slightly more series hamstring strain – he’s really been attacking his rehabilitation with a really terrific attitude,” Haines said.

“We see him being available at the early part of the AFL season the way he’s tracking at the moment.” 

In December 2017 goldcoastfc.com.au reported Harrison Wigg fractured his ankle during a pre-season session, with the recruit commencing the running portion of his rehab in early 2018.

After applying himself commendably during his rehabilition Wigg is expected to be available for selection in the early part of the AFL Season.

“Wigg has been terrific,” Haines said.

“It’s obviously a reasonably serious incident that he experienced.

“He’s tracking as we thought he would be - if it continues the way its going he’ll be available for selection in the early part of the AFL Season as well, which is really pleasing." 

A clear positive for SUNS fans during February was witnessing Sam Day return to the field through the AFLX and JLT1 matches.

“It was exciting for SUNS supporters and exciting for everyone involved with Sam, but most importantly it was exciting for Sam,” Haines said. 

“There was some nerves there being out of the game for such a long time.

“To kick a goal (in JLT) was fantastic for his confidence and [we’re] expecting Sam to play a really important part throughout the rest of the season.”

Goldcoastfc.com.au will provide a full injury report to members and fans each Tuesday afternoon during the 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.