Robert Warnock
Robert Warnock

Carlton coach Brett Ratten says it is likely ruckman Robbie Warnock will not be seen on the footy field again this season.

Warnock injured his shoulder in the Blues' 50-point loss to premiership favourites Hawthorn in late June, and Ratten confirmed on Wednesday their No.2 ruckman needed to train out of his skin to make it back this season.

"Robbie will probably be out now, that might be his season," Ratten said ahead of Saturday night's clash with Gold Coast.

"The shoulder isn't going as well as we would expect, and I think there'll be a decision after today's training whether we push on, or we actually say 'that's it, we can't go any further', because we're just sort of stuck in that spot at the moment.

"It doesn't look like it's improved, but I haven't heard what the medicos have said this morning."

Ratten added it was a similar situation for full-back Michael Jamison, who has been out with a hamstring injury for two matches.

"Michael will probably not play. He's done a bit of running, but the risk side of it to travel off a hamstring and those types of things is one that we'd probably (not risk) ... unless he (had) come out today and felt 100 percent, I don't think we'll take him," he said.

Like any good coach does, Ratten talked up Guy McKenna's side ahead of their clash, pointing out Gold Coast's improved performances at their home ground, Metricon Stadium, compared to when the Suns are on the road.

"Their form at Metricon in a lot of areas of the game is very good. They're six goals better off at Metricon, they're nine clearances better, they're 36 or 39 possessions better as a team. We're going to have our work cut out as well," Ratten said.

Ratten also feels Carlton's run of eight games straight in Melbourne has helped their young brigade become entrenched in the team's culture, while the trip will also help build their camaraderie with the playing group.

"It's a plus," Ratten said, when asked about their consecutive matches in Victoria.

"We had two trips within 18 days, to Port Adelaide and to Patersons Stadium.

"It's good to get back into the Melbourne groove, but this time of year it's good for our group to get away, especially for some of the younger kids to sort of gel with the older blokes, (Levi) Casboult, (Tom) Bell, these types who are playing, and starting to feel a part of it."


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