Carlton caretaker coach John Barker says Matthew Kreuzer’s return from injury this weekend for his first AFL game in 15 months is an “outstanding inclusion”.
Foot injuries have sidelined Kreuzer since the opening round of last season and Barker said he expected some nervousness from the returning ruckman against Adelaide on Saturday afternoon.
“I’m sure he’ll be a little bit anxious but what overcomes anxiousness is effort and attack on the ball and he brings that in spades,” Barker said.
“We don’t expect him to win the game off his own boot but we know he’s going to give strong effort.
Barker said captain Marc Murphy and Chris Judd, who missed the Blues’ 60-point loss to Sydney last week, are rock solid to play the Crows.