THE Gold Coast Suns are hopeful rather than confident skipper Gary Ablett will miss only one game after a setback in his recovery from his injured left shoulder.
The two-time Brownlow medallist clearly struggled in the Suns' first two rounds, in which they were beaten by Melbourne and St Kilda.
Suns general manager of football operations Marcus Ashcroft said Ablett faced the prospect of being sidelined for longer than a week.
"We haven't put a definitive timeline on that. We'll play it week by week," said Ashcroft, who won three premierships with the Brisbane Lions. "Hopefully it's not a long time."
Ashcroft said the shoulder was unlikely to strengthen by continuing to play.
"What we do know is that he strengthened his shoulder considerably in the lead-up to round one," he said. "(But) after a couple of games, where his shoulder has been tested in match conditions, Gary's shoulder has been stirred up, effecting his movement and strength.
"Our advice is that with some rest and the ability to add more strength, Gary should return in a better state to play."