Carlton hoping for double boost

13 June 2018 09:39:11 EST

Levi Casboult and Matthew Kennedy are in contention to return for Carlton when they host Fremantle on Saturday.

The Blues, who are bottom of the AFL ladder with just one win all season, are hoping for a double boost for the Etihad Stadium clash.

Spearhead Levi Casboult and midfielder Kennedy have been out with since round seven, with fractured ribs and an ankle injury respectively.

Carlton will be without skipper Marc Murphy for at least another two weeks.

The club's football manager Andrew McKay said of Casboult: "He's been training well over the past couple of weeks.

"He'll still need to get through training and we'll need to test him at the end of the week, but we are hopeful he'll be available for selection."

Kennedy still has bone bruising on his ankle, and will also need to pass a fitness test.

Though Alex Silvagni (Achilles tendon) and Jarrod Pickett (wrist) are available again, they're both likely to return via the VFL.

Murphy won't be back until at least round 15 as he continues to battle plantar fasciitis, but McKay said key defender Caleb Marchbank (ankle) could return a week earlier than that.

"Caleb has been dealing with that bone bruising around his ankle. He's still another week or so away before we can consider him," he added.

Carlton lost their first seven games of the season, and any hopes that their win over Essendon in round eight would help them turn the corner were soon dispelled.

They suffered a 103-point thrashing at the hands of Melbourne the following week, and have since gone down to Geelong and Sydney.

The Blues, who are bottom of the ladder below Brisbane on percentage, meet a Fremantle side who found some form last weekend when beating Adelaide by three points.

Carlton are 11/10 to beat the Dockers, who are 77/100. The Blues are 93/100 with a 9.5-points start.

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