CLEARED TO PLAY: Phil Davis of the Giants should be back on deck for the clash with Collingwood.
CLEARED TO PLAY: Phil Davis of the Giants should be back on deck for the clash with Collingwood. MICK TSIKAS

Giants to persist with training program despite injuries

GWS is keeping the faith in its strength and conditioning program, despite suffering a spate of injuries to key players.

Trying to prevent the push towards their first finals series being derailed, the Giants conducted an internal review during last week’s bye weekend.

The Giants are feeling it most in the backline, with Matt Buntine (hamstring) and Nathan Wilson (groin) joining fellow defenders Caleb Marchbank (ankle) and Tim Mohr (hamstring) on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Collingwood at Spotless Stadium.

“It’s always a tough question to ask,” Giants coach Leon Cameron said. “Are you doing everything right in terms of your weights, your training, your load?

“There’s no doubt we’ve developed into a better team this year, so are we exerting more energy on game day to do that, thus do we need to back off during the week?

“Every day, every week, you analyse what you’re trying to do.

“I mean 80% of the time these injuries just happen in footy, they’re contact injuries.

“There’s some where you say ‘what if we’d done this better’, but I’m really proud of our program led by (head of athletic performance) David Joyce.

“We think it’s in really good shape – we think we’ve had a lot of unlucky injuries and hopefully that luck can turn in the back half of the year.”

The third-placed Giants (10-4) will, however, have Phil Davis (hamstring) available after he was cleared to play, and will most likely man Travis Cloke, who has been re-joined in the Magpies’ attack by leading goalkicker Alex Fasolo (shoulder).

To protect their undermanned defence, GWS will look to dominate out of the midfield – as it has done this season to be ranked No.1 for clearances.

Adam Treloar will face his former Giants teammates for the first time, while another ex-GWS midfielder in Taylor Adams returns from a hamstring injury.

While they have their issues down back, the Giants have only strengthened their attack with the busy Devon Smith (knee) returning after a long layoff.


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