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Docker Webster makes successful return

By Justin Chadwick 05/07/2008 08:06:56 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle's Luke Webster believes he is just two or three games away from returning to peak powers after making a successful playing return from a career-threatening knee injury.

Webster, who underwent the same revolutionary knee surgery as Sydney's Nick Malceski when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the third time on April 5, tallied 11 kicks, 10 handballs, five marks and a goal for East Perth in their 56-point WAFL loss to East Fremantle on Saturday.

The 26-year-old moved freely throughout the contest and got better as the game wore on, playing predominantly through the midfield.

"The knee felt really good and strong," Webster said after the match.

"I was pretty confident all day and it was good to get through.

"I thought I touched the ball alright today and my skills were pretty good."

Webster, who has played just 33 games for the Dockers and is in the final year of his contract, said he was confident he would make an AFL return this season.

"I reckon I'm a pretty good chance (of returning to Fremantle's line-up)," Webster said.

"I felt good today and touched it pretty good. I'll just try to build on that and get some good form up to push for selection.

"My body feels really good, I feel fit, so I'm probably two or three games away (from my best football)."

Webster's playing return came just 91 days after suffering the injury.

With his AFL career on the line at the time, Webster admitted he had little choice but to undergo the radical surgery which involves using an artificial ligament instead of grafting tissue from elsewhere in the body.

"It was an amazing thing to come back in 12-and-a-half weeks but it's been really good so far and hopefully I can take it into next week," Webster said.

Meanwhile, Fremantle utility Daniel Gilmore has been diagnosed with post traumatic migraine - not post concussion syndrome that was originally feared - after copping a head knock at training last month.

Gilmore, who has experienced bouts of lethargy and dizziness since the knock, has resumed light training but it is still unclear when he can make a playing return.

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