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AFL's Bastinac set to return to Kangaroos

By Roger Vaughan 25/05/2011 06:04:05 PM Comments (0)

Young star Ryan Bastinac is the latest North Melbourne player to return to action as the AFL club's horror injury run eases.

Coach Brad Scott said Bastinac will resume in the VFL on the weekend, having not played a game this season because of a knee injury.

The midfielder played every game last year in his debut season.

The Kangaroos have had shocking luck with injuries this year, particularly through the pre-season.

"He's mature beyond his years - it's not often you say that a 19-year-old is a vital part of your midfield mix, we're looking forward to getting him back," Scott said of Bastinac.

"We've been - touch wood - really fortunate that we haven't sustained any in-game injuries for a while.

"The players back from the pre-season, who have been injured, are starting to filter back.

"We expect that over the next month to six weeks, we'll be close to ... full availability."

Levi Greenwood is also now available for senior selection, while Cam Pederson, Ben McKinley and Cameron Richardson are pushing for recalls after strong VFL form.

The Kangaroos only have two wins from eight games and face another big challenge on Saturday when they host Sydney at Etihad Stadium.

Hawthorn thumped the Swans last Sunday, but Scott said they remained formidable opposition.

North have lost their last four games against Sydney, including twice last year.

"We always know what we're going to get from the Swans, I was up at the SCG ... it's probably one of the best nine-goal defeats I've seen in a long time," Scott said.

"They're an extremely competitive side, the Swans, they tackle exceptionally well, they compete very well, they're one of the most disciplined sides in the competition."

Brisbane had their first win of the season last Saturday night at North's expense, but Scott said his side would bounce back.

"It's never a problem for this group, effort has never been anything I've ever questioned," he said.

"Execution is something we really have to work on, but I will never question their effort or endeavour - I haven't had to, to this point.

"Getting up after the trip hasn't been a problem at all, they're really looking forward to atoning for what was a pretty disappointing second half."

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