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Fevola fit to play against Fremantle

By John Salvado 01/07/2009 01:03:48 PM Comments (0)

Carlton spearhead Brendan Fevola has declared himself a certain starter in Sunday's AFL clash with Fremantle after undergoing surgery on a broken finger.

Fevola had the operation to repair bone and tendon damage in his little finger on Saturday morning, the day after being held to two goals in the Blues' 69-point thrashing at the hands of arch-rival Essendon.

"The operation was pre-organised on the Thursday," said Fevola, who is in second spot in the Coleman Medal race with 43 goals, two behind Brisbane skipper Jonathan Brown.

"I went in because we had an eight-day break and had the quick clean-up and now I'm ready to go.

"There were just a few broken bones and a few torn ligaments so every time the ball hit my hand it ached.

"We had to get in there and get it done for the next nine games.

"It's all fixed now so I'm looking forward to the weekend."

The eighth-placed Blues will start as favourites for the match at Subiaco against the Dockers, who will be playing without their injured skipper Matthew Pavlich (calf).

Fevola was speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the National Lacrosse League All-Start series to be held in Melbourne in October.

The matches at Hisense Arena on October 23 and 24 will feature the world's best players from North America, plus three from Australia.

The Fevola family has strong links with the sport, with Brendan's father Angelo a former All-Australian and the current president of suburban club Malvern.

But although the Carlton star's uncle and cousin also played lacrosse at a high level, his mother refused to let him join in as a boy.

"She thought it was too rough," said Fevola.

"Dad used to get stitches and have bloody noses and broken bones every week so mum said I couldn't play and that's how I started playing footy.

"I wanted to play but mum wouldn't let me and back then you had to listen to your parents."

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