Bolton upbeat despite injuries
Carlton picked up more injuries in their MCG defeat to Western Bulldogs, but coach Brendon Bolton still has a positive outlook.
The Blues have blown hot and cold this year, twice winning back-to-back matches including successes against last year's Grand Finalists Sydney and premiership contenders Greater Western Sydney.
Injuries are at double figures and that's a great opportunity for our club to build our depth.Brendon Bolton
But they have now lost four in a row and a realistic target for the club is to try to better last year's tally of seven wins.
They have five so far this year, with bottom side Brisbane next weekend's opposition.
Their injuries aren't helping them, but Bolton feels it provides a great opportunity for them to test their depth.
They entered Sunday's clash with the reigning premiers without Patrick Cripps (fractured fibula), Ed Curnow (bruised larynx), Caleb Marchbank (shoulder), Dale Thomas (soleus), Sam Rowe (knee), Andrew Phillips (foot), Simon White (knee) and Tom Williamson (back).
Now Dylan Buckley, Ciaran Byrne and Alex Silvagni have been added to the injury list ahead of the Lions meeting.
Buckley picked up a hamstring problem, Byrne suffered a groin injury and Silvagni joined them on the interchange bench with a knee issue.
Thomas, who was a late withdrawal, may be able to return for the trip to Brisbane while the three newly-injured players will undergo scans to assess the extent of their injuries.
Bolton said the final six rounds would give the Blues valuable insight into their playing list.
"Injuries are at double figures and that's a great opportunity for our club to build our depth," added the coach. "It's also a great opportunity to view our depth, look at more players and be able to assess their games along the way."
He said Cripps' injury created another chance for others to shine, and the club would continue to keep a positive attitude to the situation.
"(It) gave an opportunity for more (players) to rotate through there. That's what I'm saying, it just gives more exposure to our players," added the coach.
"Samo Petrevski-Seton gets a little bit more of a go in there. From time to time, we'll put Charlie (Curnow) in there, Matty Wright, Nick Graham, the load just has to get shared and that's part of it."
Carlton are 87/100 to win their next game against Brisbane, who are 97/100.
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