Carlton defender Jacob Weitering will get a true taste of what it takes to be an AFL footballer this weekend, as his club calls on him to play through a severe physical ailment and hold up its defence against arch rivals Collingwood.
“Each week we sit down and select the 22 most match-ready, physically capable players, this week is no different,” explained Carlton coach Brendan Bolton. “We’ve been keeping an eye on Jacob at training this week and his positioning is still on par with an AFL footballer, so he gets the nod.”
Weitering’s left arm was inadvertently dismembered in last weekend’s match against Essendon, when the young defender tried valiantly to prevent a crucial behind in the point-heavy bout at the MCG.
Bolton has denied that the decision to include the debilitated defender is related to the possible recall of the equally incapacitated Travis Cloke.