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Aussie Rules: Powell boost for Suns

The Gold Coast Suns have been boosted by the news Wil Powell looks set to return against the Sydney Swans but Connor Budarick is set to miss out.

The Suns are priced at 17/4 to beat the Swans on Saturday and coach Stuart Dew is hopeful of having Powell available after he trained well on Wednesday.

Hamstring issue

Powell has been struggling with a hamstring niggle that he picked up in the round six clash against the Brisbane Lions on 24th April.

However he has made good progress and is in with a chance of returning to the side that will face Sydney.

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"It's been a quick turnaround, particularly over the weekend," Dew said before the player trained on Wednesday. "Not a massive surprise, but we'll look at him today at full speed. He'll be a test."

Budarick doubts

Meanwhile Budarick is a big doubt after he picked up an ankle injury in the defeat to Collingwood last weekend. He was unable to train on Wednesday and will have a fitness test later in the week.

However there is a good chance the clash against Sydney will come too soon for him.

"He's probably a little bit off," Dew added. "It'll just be checking in on where his swelling is at and can we get that to a level where he can train?"

Former Swans assistant coach Dew is also expecting a tough encounter.

"They're playing a lot different to when I was there, we can all see that, but seeing it is one thing and countering it is another,” He said.

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