AFL news: Carlton Blues star Sam Docherty hopeful of making 2018 return

Injured Carlton star Sam Docherty is holding out slim hopes of a return to the playing field late in 2018, but concedes it’s a longshot his surgically repaired knee will be ready in time.

Docherty ruptured his ACL during his first training session of the pre-season on November 15.

Having undergone a full reconstruction, he’s now begun the long rehabilitation process.