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Luckless Docker Morabito back in the running

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Anthony Morabito is getting closer to a return from his latest injury

ANTHONY Morabito is close to returning from his hamstring injury, running impressively at Fremantle training on Wednesday.

The injury-plagued 24-year-old has been on a rehab program since February 9 after suffering the injury late in a training session, but he has been running well at training recently and is listed to return to full training next week.

Before the hamstring injury he had enjoyed a trouble-free pre-season.

The ongoing soreness in his three-times-reconstructed left knee had abated and he looked set for a return to football in 2016 after missing the entire 2015 season.

Teammate Tendai Mzungu said the Dockers players had been blown away by Morabito's work ethic given all he had experienced.

"It's amazing, the resilience of him," Mzungu said on Tuesday.

"I know it's been mentioned before, but from the outside you wouldn't even know that he's injured.

"He just comes in, he's got a smile on his face, he gets around the boys. It's a credit to him that he's been able to keep his head up the whole time.

"I know many wouldn't in that situation. Hopefully, touch wood, he can get through the season unscathed from here forward.

"He has been really diligent with his program. He doesn't miss a beat. We just pray that he gets some good luck."

The Dockers held a light midweek session on Wednesday at Fremantle Oval ahead of their round one clash with the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, but there were a couple of notable absentees.

Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe and All Australian defender Michael Johnson failed to train, but there is no indication that either could miss the Dockers' season opener at Etihad Stadium.

Johnson suffered concussion in the last NAB Challenge match against Geelong on March 12.

Matthew Pavlich did some straight-line run-throughs during the early part of the session along with Morabito, Lee Spurr and Zac Dawson.

Zac Clarke ran laps at a reasonable pace following an extended warm-up away from the main group.

Youngster Connor Blakely jogged laps while Hayden Crozier did not train. Both played in the WAFL last weekend.

Harley Bennell walked a couple of laps and did some stationary handball work. The Dockers revealed on Monday that he had suffered a calf injury in the WAFL on Saturday and looks set to miss at least a couple of weeks.

Dockers' sports science manager Jason Weber told the club's website on Tuesday that Bennell became aware of his calf problem during the cool down post-match.

Weber said the club would need to be conservative given Bennell's history with such injury.

New draftee Harley Balic had wrist surgery last week and the club was pleased with the outcome, although no timeframe has been set for his return.