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Top Blues draftee in race against clock for round one

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18: Sam Petrevski-Seton of the Blues in action during the Carlton Blues training session at Southport Sharks Oval on the Gold Coast, Australia on December 18, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Sam Petrevski-Seton is in a race against time to play in round one

CARLTON is holding out hope of a round one debut for first-round draft selection Sam Petrevski-Seton despite news he has suffered a minor quad strain. 

The 18-year old midfield speedster from Western Australia, the No.6 overall selection last November, pulled up sore after training last Wednesday and scans have since revealed the extent of the injury. 

"It's obviously a disappointing setback for Sam who is in the middle of his first AFL pre-season campaign," Blues head of football Andrew McKay told carltonfc.com.au.

"He is a fantastic young man and an exciting prospect for us long-term, so we look forward to Sam making a full recovery and hopeful he will still be available for round one selection." 

The Blues don't have a heap of injury concerns, although budding star Patrick Cripps is racing against time for the March 23 clash against Richmond at the MCG as he recovers from stress fractures in his back. He is close to resuming full training. 

Ruckman Andrew Phillips is also doubtful for the season opener because of stress fractures in his foot.

Carlton's first JLT Community Series game is against Melbourne at Casey Fields on February 25.