Carlton defender Sam Docherty says he could return to play late in the season, despite ACL injury

CARLTON defender Sam Docherty isn’t ruling out an end of season return, despite undergoing a knee reconstruction in late November.

The 2017 All-Australian has already begun running and is confident his body can recover in time for a late season burst in August, which would be nine months post-surgery.

Docherty — who was named in Carlton’s leadership group despite the injury — travelled to America last month, visiting a variety of universities to improve his skill set both on and off the field.

His overseas sojourn marked an important step in his recovery.

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“My first run was the week before I headed off to the US,” Docherty told SEN.