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Gold Coast Suns midfielder Dion Prestia says his young teammates can cover loss of Gary Ablett if suspended | The Courier-Mail
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Gold Coast Suns midfielder Dion Prestia says his young teammates can cover loss of Gary Ablett if suspended

VIDEO: Ablett's Brownlow defence in jeopardy after elbow 0:22

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Gary Ablett's hopes of defending his Brownlow Medal look to have suffered a major blow after the Gold Coast captain was clearly seen throwing an elbow in the Suns' win over Western Bulldogs on Sunday night.

Dion Prestia during a recovery session for the Gold Coast Suns at Kurrawa Beach. Pics Ada

Dion Prestia during a recovery session for the Gold Coast Suns at Kurrawa Beach. Pics Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

DION Prestia says the Suns can win without Gary Ablett but does not believe the skipper has anything to worry about when the match review panel convenes today.

Prestia played a starring role with 35 possessions in the Suns’ 45-point victory over the Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium yesterday.

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The win put the Suns into third place on the ladder, the first time they have finished a round in the top four, but the milestone was overshadowed by several incidents involving Ablett.

Jaeger O'Meara and Dion Prestia during a recovery session for the Gold Coast Suns at Kurr

Jaeger O'Meara and Dion Prestia during a recovery session for the Gold Coast Suns at Kurrawa Beach. Pics Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

The Bulldogs former Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney was reported for high contact on Ablett — but it was a behind the scenes incident involving the Suns skipper and his tagger Liam Picken in the second quarter that set talk back alight in the aftermath of the 18.11.(119) to 10.14. (74) victory.

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Ablett appeared to make minor contact with his elbow to Picken’s chest as the pair were entangled on the ground. Ablett looked to be impeded in his attempts to get to his feet and flung his arm back to break Pickens hold.

Gary Ablett and Steven May during a recovery session for the Gold Coast Suns at Kurrawa B

Gary Ablett and Steven May during a recovery session for the Gold Coast Suns at Kurrawa Beach. Pics Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

The Suns believe they have little to worry about.

Prestia said he did not see the incident live and was not made aware of it until after the game but believed it was similar to a handful of encounters that happened in the game.

He thought Ablett would take his place against the Crows next week but also said emerging Suns midfielders Jaeger O’Meara, David Swallow and Matt Shaw could now cover his absence.

Gary Ablett questions the umpire during the round 10 AFL game between the Gold Coast Suns

Gary Ablett questions the umpire during the round 10 AFL game between the Gold Coast Suns and the Western Bulldogs from Metricon Stadium, Carrara. Pics Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

“I didn’t know it happened during the game, there was a lot of push and shove, especially between the midfielders,’’ he said.

““We’ll see what happens.

“If it happened two years ago we would be stuffed I reckon, but we have got a lot of young midfielders who can step up to the plate and we have shown that the last couple of weeks.

“Jaeger, Dave, Shawy, they can all step up, but I reckon he (Gaz) will play next weekend.’’

Originally published as Suns can win without Gaz: Prestia
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