Player agent Liam Pickering told SEN Breakfast on Tuesday morning, that Gary Ablett had played through numerous injuries during his 2018 season.
Despite averaging 29.1 disposals this season, Ablett has been criticised, specifically for his work defensively, where he ranked 125th for tackles per game with 3.8.
Pickering confirmed that Ablett had a foot strain and was given a moon boot in the lead up to finals, as reported by Lachie Young in the Geelong Advertiser.
“”He was carrying some significant injuries towards the end,” according to Pickering.
“His shoulder is fine but he had this elbow ligament which is a serious issue, he broke his hand against Hawthorn, a broken bone in his hand, and (was) carrying a groin, I think.”
Pickering went on to confirm that Ablett would appear for Geelong next year, in a similar role as a midfielder who would rotate forward of the ball.
Despite the injuries, it is not expected that Ablett will require surgery, or would miss any pre-season time.
The player manager went on to confirm that despite reports suggesting otherwise, Daniel Wells would continue with Collingwood next season, instead of retirement, and that he was “working through” Darcy Moore’s contract negotiations with the Pies.