AFL SUNS TRAINING CHINA
Gold Coast have hit the training track in Shanghai where key forward Peter Wright is pressing for selection in the AFL's China game.
The Suns on Thursday had a short but sharp session in oppressive heat at Jiangwan Stadium. They will face Port Adelaide on Saturday at the venue in a rematch of last year's inaugural fixture.
Two-metre forward Wright, having missed the start of the season with a calf injury, took part in the session after being a surprise inclusion in the Suns' travelling group.
Suns coach Stuart Dew had all but ruled Wright out of the Shanghai game after the Suns' 69-point loss to Melbourne, indicating he was yet to return to full fitness.
But with Tom Lynch (knee) and Sam Day (suspended) sidelined, the Suns lack options up forward and might bring Wright back ahead of schedule.
"Physically, his rehab and his recovery from his calf injury has been really strong," Suns football boss Jon Haines told AAP.
"It's obviously been extended but he's come back feeling really good. He's performed really well and he's got through the two NEAFL games he's played.
"We expect him to get through training today and we'll make a decision based on that."
Haines noted the Suns had other options, including increasing the amount of time ruckman Jarrod Witts spent up forward.
"Obviously, Brayden Crossley has made a really good start to his AFL career and presents as a really strong marking option up there," he said.
"We've got options to go a bit smaller as well but also, if Wittsy spends time forward, that's an option for the match committee to consider."
Gold Coast copped a 72-point belting in last year's Shanghai game. Port again will start strong favourites with the Suns having lost their past three games.
The Suns received a late boost on Monday night from the tribunal, with co-captain Steven May avoiding suspension for making contact with an umpire.