Gold Coast SUNS captain Gary Ablett has been ruled out of Sunday’s match against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.

The decision to rest Ablett was made after he was reviewed by medical staff on Monday.

General Manager - Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft, confirmed Ablett had been ruled out.

“When assessing Gary’s shoulder on Monday, it was apparent that his range of movement had been restricted and as a result we have made the decision that he will miss Sunday’s game against Geelong.”

Ashcroft admitted Ablett’s shoulder was unlikely to strengthen had he continued playing.

“What we do know is that he strengthened his shoulder considerably in the lead up to round one. After a couple of games, where his shoulder has been tested in match conditions, Gary’s shoulder has been stirred up, effecting his movement and strength.

“Our advice is that with some rest and the ability to add more strength, Gary should return in a better state to play,” Ashcroft said.

Ashcroft acknowledged that GC SUNS medical staff had kept a close eye on Ablett’s progress over the last two weeks.

“Gary and the club’s medical staff have reviewed Gary’s shoulder on an on-going basis following his surgery in July last year.

“Prior to round one, our medical staff were satisfied with the range of movement Gary had in his left shoulder and as a result Gary was available for selection and personally he was determined to play,” Ashcroft added.