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Door stays open for Orr return

Modewarre coach Seamus Orr pictured early in his recovery from a dislocated wrist. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MODEWARRE co-coach Seamus Orr hasn’t given up hope of playing again in 2019 as he continues his recovery from a dislocated wrist.

Orr, who suffered the injury in the Warriors’ Good Friday win over Torquay, underwent further surgery last week to have pins and wires removed.

“While I was in a cast, I managed to get 2-3 weeks of running in,” he said.

“I’m just about to start some hand therapy and get into a plastic splint.

“I’ll just be governed by how quickly I can get some dexterity back into my wrist, and some strength, and all those sorts of things.

“The door’s open to coming back this year. It’s just a matter of how open that gap is, and whether I can make the most of it or not.”

Orr says sometime in the next 6-8 weeks is the best-case scenario.

“And get back for a late game in the (home-and-away) season, or perhaps be ready to go if we made finals,” he said.

“But it’s just how it responds in rehab. It’s a pretty rare injury, so it’s not as if you’ve got a lot of different plans out there that you can follow or people you can ask and get advice from.

“I’ll just have to be governed by how it feels and whether the strength comes back.”

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Meanwhile, Orr said they will chat with Nathan Ablett about how his body feels before deciding whether his first senior game of the season will be Sunday’s crucial clash at Community Bank Oval against Torquay.

Ablett, who missed the first half of the season with an ankle issue, made a strong return in the Warriors reserves last weekend.

“There’s a couple of different ways to skin a cat,” Orr said. “A player of his calibre, with his experience and his knowledge, he’d be an addition to any side in country Victoria right now.

“We’re well aware of that, (but) we’ll be governed by how his body has responded to a first-up game in the reserves.

“If he feels his body is ready to go at senior level, then we will be governed by that.

“He’s always pretty involved with the selection process, in terms of he’s really honest with us about how he’s feeling and whether he can contribute or not.”

Modewarre will again be without former Sturt and Norwood SANFL star Craig Evans and premiership player Bill Hansen, who are both overseas, while Scott Driscoll is likely to be unavailable due to work commitments.

Brendan Wemyss (calf) is also unlikely to be seen until after the bye.

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