GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16: Gary Ablett of the Suns runs the ball during the round 12 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium on June 16, 2012 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

AFL legend Leigh Matthews says he has some doubts over Gary Ablett going into the 2016 season, after the Suns’ skipper has battled injuries for the past 18 months.

“He’s thirty-odd now and he’s hardly played for a year-and-a-half and hasn’t played yet this preseason,” Matthews said on Adelaide radio station FIVEaa.

“He’s had things that just keep going wrong with his body.”

Ablett managed just six games last season and 15 in 2014, due knee and shoulder injuries.

Gary Ablett on his form over most of the last decade is as good a player that’s ever played,” Matthews said.

“He’s a magnificent player, but I must admit there’s a question mark for me until I see him fit and well and actually strings together a month or two of footy at the kind of level we’ve known in the past.”

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