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Get the latest news on injury updates and players’ training programs from High Performance Manager Sean Tagg.

Get the latest news on injury updates and players’ training programs from High Performance Manager Sean Tagg.

Jon McKain is progessing well in his return to training. He has been inolved in non contact training drills and is progressing very well with his reconditioning program.

Daniel Bowles has a hip condition that will keep him out of the game against Melbourne Heart but we are hopeful he will be ok to return to training next week.

Finally, Jake Barker-Daish has an adductor tendonopothy and will require two or three weeks of rehab to recover. It could be put down to a bit of overuse and is not an unfamiliar condition with footballers. If we left it any longer it could have become a serious condition so we are trying to get on top of it early and be proative by rehabilitating him. The upside is that the rest of the squad is fit, leaving Kossie with plenty of cover.

At the moment in terms of the general group we’ve now had six weeks of having at least 20 outfield players and two goalkeepers at training. In that time we’ve only had issues with a cork to van Dijk and Golec plus a mild hamstring complaint to Vidosic.

This week everyone has trained fully, incluing Golec who copped a corky in brisbane. Jonny McKain is back to full running and multi directional movements and next week he will start on football specific conditioning in the aim of having him in full training within 2 weeks.

The great thing about having so many fit players on the track is that every training session is really competitive and every position on the field has more than one player vying for it.

Except for Jon McKain, who continues to progress with a modified program, all players are in the main training group. It’s fantastic to see so many number on the track and none in the medical room during training. Fingers crossed this can continue.

Jon McKain will be returning to running later this week following a medical assessment as he continues to overcome a leg injury. Pleasingly, all other players have been in full unrestricted training. In other good news, after an injury interrupted pre season, Zenon Caravella is in full training, he continues to build on his fitness base and is available for selection.