SUNS vice-captain Sam Collins will be a test for the Round 14 fixture against Port Adelaide after missing last weekend’s match with a rolled ankle.
Collins was a late out after injuring the ankle in training late last week and SUNS Head Physiotherapist Lindsay Bull said Collins had to get through training this week before a call was made on his availability for this round.
“Sam rolled his ankle before the game on the weekend and unfortunately just wasn’t quite right to play,” Bull told the Qscan Injury Update.
“He’ll be putting a lot of work into that this week and we’ll have to test that at the back end of the week to see how that’s travelling before the game on the weekend.”
First-year defender Rhys Nicholls will be out of action indefinitely after scans revealed a stress fracture in his back.
“We’ll be taking a fair bit of time with Rhys to settle that down and make sure we get really good healing there before reloading him,” Bull said.
In positive news, #7 draft pick Elijah Hollands has been back in full contact training and is expected to be available to play his first game in SUNS colours this weekend.
“Elijah has done really well and he’s been really patient with his rehab and put a lot of hard work in,” Bull said.
“He’s been training with the group for the last few weeks so he’ll be available for selection this weekend.”
Papua New Guinea prospect Hewago (Ace) Oea has recovered from a hamstring injury and is also available to play again this weekend.