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.
“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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