Under-fire Suns sweat on Collins fitness

Gold Coast are in no rush to check Sam Collins’ injured ankle, with the important thing defender’s availability for Saturday’s AFL conflict with Port Adelaide nonetheless unclear.

Collins was on restricted duties at Wednesday’s important session at Metricon Stadium, having rolled his ankle within the build-up to final Saturday’s loss to Fremantle in Perth.

Suns coach Stuart Dew stated permitting Collins’ damage to settle earlier than testing it was essential.

“We’re reluctant clearly early within the week to place it to the take a look at and provides him each likelihood,” Dew stated.

“It’s 50/50 as a result of, till he strikes, it is exhausting to know the place he is at however then in the event you transfer them too early you would possibly discover out sooner than you wanted to as effectively.

“We’re prepared to depart it to a bit later within the week.”

In the 27-year-old’s absence, the Suns have been disappointing in opposition to an injury-hit Dockers, falling to a loss that has once more raised questions on Gold Coast’s progress underneath Dew.

Having entered the bye on a excessive after knowledgeable win over Hawthorn, hopes have been excessive of a uncommon win out west in opposition to the Dockers just for Dew’s males to come back residence with their tails between their legs.

Dew stated the important thing for his workforce is discovering a constant degree of efficiency and temper and ignoring outdoors noise within the course of.

“We’re underneath stress each week. We cannot be dictated by that,” he stated.

“If we’re letting outdoors dictate our temper, we’re in all probability doing a disservice to getting our job executed and sticking to it.”

While Collins stays an opportunity to come back again into the lineup, Dew stated inaugural Sun Sam Day had made a powerful case for a return after efficiently proving his health following a knee damage within the reserves final weekend.

“He’s an actual sturdy likelihood,” Dew stated.

“He performed effectively, introduced, labored exhausting, did not get out-marked. He definitely mounted his case.

“Sam did what we would count on and what we wished going into the sport.”

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