Anthony Morabito could be just four weeks away from resuming full training after successful LARS surgery to repair his damaged knee, coach Ross Lyon revealed yesterday.
And he has ruled captain Matthew Pavlich out of the club’s round two NAB Cup match against Carlton, saying that fathers should not put football before the birth of a child.
Morabito had his third knee reconstruction – undergoing the radical LARS ligament replacement method to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament, in Sydney five weeks ago.
Speaking at the club’s season launch at Burswood Lyon said he recovery from the surgery was on target.
“I don’t know whether it is ahead. I don’t think it is behind,. I think it is about right. He is just right on track. It is probably a bit longer than three weeks. Probably AFL round one he will be introduced to some full training,” he said.
“We are really enjoying that everyone has respected what he has been through and where he is heading. We are keen to update our fans and members along the way so that was just a snippet of where he is at.”
Lyon said Pavlich, whose wife Lauren is expecting their first child, wouldn’t be considered for selection this week because it could mean missing the birth.
“Him flying interstate would put that at risk so he won’t play," he said. "They need to be there. They should be there. We should be really respectful of people’s families and wives and the support that needs to be given there. I think the game has evolved a lot. Fathers never used to go to the birth. How tragic is that? We have all moved a little bit forward from those days fortunately."