Judd misses AFL training, but not game
Carlton skipper Chris Judd has missed training because of illness, but is certain to play in the Blues' crucial AFL clash with Adelaide on Sunday.
Blues' coach Brett Ratten confirmed Judd missed Thursday's training session because of a cold.
But he immediately hosed down any suggestion Judd would miss the Etihad Stadium match against the Crows.
"He's just got a little bit of a cold so we kept him away (from the other players)," Ratten said on Thursday.
"It's been going around a bit. But he'll be right to play - just a sniffle, let him get over it. He's done a fair bit of work so we're not too concerned."
Defender Chris Yarran trained strongly, with Ratten convinced he will be fit enough to return from a toe injury against the Crows.
Ratten shrugged off suggestions his side lacked the requisite toughness to be serious premiership contenders following Monday night's shock loss to St Kilda.
Their only defeats this season have come against Essendon and the Saints, who both ladled on the aggression to shake up the Blues.
But Ratten believes the only way to silence the doubters is to rebound quickly against the Crows.
"I suppose when we lose, (the critics) just come for us and put some other tags on us - it's just an easy hit, isn't it?," Ratten said.
"We just wait, cop what we deserve because we lost the game and we opened ourselves up to those criticisms because, when you don't win games of football, you're a free target."
Ratten admitted Adelaide's ability to work together effectively as a team has been a huge strength this season, and was something the Blues lacked on Monday night against the Saints.
"What we've seen so far in their performances ... it's a team that actually works together as a team," Ratten said.
"They're really working hard together, and I thought we broke down in that area over the weekend.
"We were a bit more (like) silos in the game (against St Kilda), whereas Adelaide were playing very much for each other."
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