GWS’s leading goalkicker Jeremy Cameron is rated a ’70-30′ chance of playing in Sunday’s home AFL clash with Carlton due to an ankle injury.
Greater Western Sydney could be without Jeremy Cameron for Sunday’s home AFL match against Carlton after the full-forward hurt his ankle last week.
The Giants’ leading goalscorer sustained the injury in his side’s 45-point maiden away win over Brisbane last Saturday and faces a race against time to prove his fitness.
Coach Leon Cameron said on Thursday the All-Australian was a “70-30” chance of playing in the round 14 match at Spotless Stadium.
“He hurt his ankle early in the third quarter last week – he kept on playing but came off a couple of times,” Cameron told reporters.
“We’re (being) really cautious with it.
“It’s a different ankle (to the one he injured earlier this season), but we’ve seen him struggle in the three or four weeks leading up to the bye with his ankle.
“So we’re really mindful of making sure we get this right so it doesn’t turn into a four or five week injury.”
Cameron has missed two games of 12 so far in 2014, one through suspension and the other with a damaged ear drum.
The 21-year-old is due to train on Saturday, when a final call on his availability is likely to be made.
“I’d love him to play this week, but if he’s not right he won’t play,” Cameron said.
“We put a lot of pressure on him, not only as a player but also bodywise.
“We’ve got to remember he’s in his third year, so I don’t want to wreck him.”
Although the Blues have lost their past three matches, GWS are wary of the challenge they face against a side with Chris Judd back in the mix.
But Cameron hopes the Giants’ promising form in recent weeks will continue and be enough to withstand the pressure from Mick Malthouse’s men.
“We’ve probably gained a bit of momentum from the defensive side of our game,” he said.
“But it’s going to be tough – Carlton are a really really good scoring side. If you let them run they’re going to cut you up.”
Sunday’s fixture will mark AFL game No.50 for youngsters Devon Smith and Adam Treloar, who is averaging more disposals per game than the likes of his football hero Judd, Joel Selwood, Scott Pendlebury and Gary Ablett.