IN comments released through the Carlton Football Club website today, Blues skipper Chris Judd has been the voice of calm as he called on his team and its supporters to remain positive after their drubbing by new powerhouse Adelaide.
“Generally people’s memory in the AFL is about two weeks. We don’t need to get sucked in to thinking the world is falling apart,” Judd said on Monday morning.
“We’ve got some things we need to work on and fix and we’ll do that this week.”
But it remains to be seen if what ails Carlton can indeed be fixed in just one week.
After starting the season with five wins in six games the Blues have now lost two in a row in what has become an alarming fashion: losing to the unfancied Saints by 24 points and the Crows by 69.
Indeed just seven short days ago the Blues went into a Monday night match with first place on the ladder at stake. They lost that game and are currently sitting at seventh.
There is reason for their captain’s optimism (and really you wouldn’t expect him to be anything other than positive anyway) as the Blues have an opportunity to get back into winning form as they ready to play Melbourne this week and then face Port Adelaide the week after.
But they’ll have to do that without midfielder Marc Murphy who suffered a shoulder injury in the loss to Adelaide and who may miss extended time subject to the outcome of scans that he will have today.
At least in public, Judd seems non-plussed by that.
“What you see at other sides and what you see every year when really important players go down is it does open the door for other players to stand up,” he said.
It remains to be seem if Carlton can overcome there recent set-backs and we can only begin to imagine the fall out that we would see if the former premiership favourites somehow falter against the Demons next Sunday.
UPDATE 21/05/2012 @4:50pm: Marc Murphy had scans this morning on his left shoulder and they confirmed a fracture. He will have arthroscopic surgery later today.
“We will not have an accurate indication of how long Marc will be out of action until the surgery is performed however we do know he will not be available until after our bye in round 13,” said Carlton General Manager Football Operations, Andrew McKay.
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