Ward to make quick Giants return

29 July 2020 18:59:01 GMTPlus10

Former captain Callan Ward is in contention to return for Greater Western Sydney when they face Gold Coast on Sunday.

The midfielder has made a quicker than expected recovery from a medial ligament strain in his right knee.

He was hurt in the defeat to Port Adelaide in Round 6, and was initially slated to be out for up to six weeks.

If he gets through training this week he is set to step back into action against the Suns, less than a month after his injury.

GWS have speedy defender Zac Williams available for selection after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in Round 4.

Giants head of medical Cullan Ball said Williams had had a clearance session at the weekend, and it was now a matter of where the coaches wanted him to play.

Speaking of Ward, Ball added: "[He] has done really well. He's done everything we could ask of him and he's ticked all the boxes off and performed really well. We also expect him to be available this weekend."

Coach Leon Cameron will also consider bringing back ruckman Shane Mumford, who is now over a neck injury that kept him out of the win against Richmond.

Forward Daniel Lloyd will miss 2-3 games, after having surgery on a fractured finger.

Lloyd returned from a concussion to play in the win over the Tigers and although he played out the game, the injury was assessed as needing surgery post-match.

Ball said defender Adam Kennedy, who has struggled to regain full fitness after hamstring tendon soreness, was back in full training and likely to line-up in Friday's practice match against the Swans.

Greater Western Sydney are 150/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Giants are 2/5 to win their next game against Gold Coast, who are 21/10.

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