Adelaide utility Riley Knight is recovering well from minor achilles surgery undertaken at the beginning of March.
The 25-year-old was expected to return for Round Three before the AFL season was ultimately suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision to surgically address the ongoing achilles problem was made due to the concern interfering with Knight’s training.
“Surgery was the last option, but unfortunately it had come to that,” Knight said.
“I’m tracking well, with no games on it’s given me the time to get my ankle right.
“I started running a few weeks ago… building up fitness again and should be right to go when training resumes with the main squad.”
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Although the delay in games has helped Knight, the Club temporarily closing its doors has not.
“Not being able to use the facilities at the Club has been really challenging,” Knight said.
“We’ve just had to work around new ways… instead of running machines, its water running in the ocean to take body weight.
“I’ve been riding a lot as well, just to get extra fitness.
“Little things like that have really helped in keeping me occupied.”
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Head of Science and Medicine Steve Saunders said a solid pre-season would have assisted Knight in a speedy recovery.
Knight has been regularly visiting Saunders for treatment and exercise supervision and modification.
“He’s a massive reason as to why I’ve been able to progress pretty quickly," Knight said.