STURT HOPEFUL ON HANSEN

Published on: Apr 18 2017 | Author: Zac Milbank |

Sturt remains hopeful injured forward Ben Hansen could still play in next Tuesday’s Anzac Day blockbuster against the Eagles at Peter Motley Oval.

Hansen rolled his ankle inside the opening five minutes of the Double Blues’ 61-point loss to Glenelg on Good Friday and was unable to take any further part in the contest.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, Sturt Football Manager David Oatey said the extra break between games could assist the 2014 West End State goalsneak to be passed fit to play on April 25.

The lack of swelling in the joint is a positive, ensuring Hansen will attempt to prove his fitness at training this week.

Sturt will also welcome back AFL Academy pair Callum Coleman-Jones and Jordan Houlahan, with both set to to return in the Reserves, along with Henry Voigt who has recovered from a broken hand.

Star midfielders Aidan Riley (broken nose) and James Battersby (finger tendon) won’t play in the Grand Final rematch, with Riley still at least a fortnight away and Battersby due back in Round 6 along with Tom Harms (knee).

Defender Sam Jonas is still having issues with a troublesome hamstring strain, with the younger brother of the Power’s Tom to miss another 2-3 weeks after initially hurting it in November.

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