Gary Ablett has not played for 12 weeks. Source: AAP.

Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade says that the club is not expecting fireworks from Gary Ablett in his first game back from a shoulder injury.

Eade described Ablett as a “phenomenon”, but said to keep expectations low, with the two-time Brownlow medalist not playing since round two.

“I know he’s a phenomenon in many ways so he’ll probably slot back in seamlessly, but our expectation is just (for him to) be there and be captain,” Eade said.

“(He will) give a presence to players who really look forward to him being back as an elder statesman, his experience. I think that’ll help the players.”

Eade also said that other midfielders could help Ablett out, after he received close attention in round one and two this season.

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“I think they can help him out like any player that gets tagged, protect him body-wise, stand in between, but I think Gary’s had that before in his career and has got to a stage where he is confident enough that he’ll be able to cope ok,” he said.

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