Riewindt was talking to the media at his home in the north of the country on Friday afternoon after he was told the Carlton Football Club would not be able to field a full list of 20 players in its final pre-season training camp in Sydney.
Riewolds first-year coach Mark Thompson is also set to miss the game due to illness, and has been given a six-month supply of oxygen and other supplies.
But Riews first team coach Nick Hegarty says his side will have a full team in the opening game, which will take place at the Gabba on Saturday.
We’ve got the ability to get it together and win games.””
We’ve done that with a full-strength side for four months.
We’ve got the ability to get it together and win games.”
Riews team, with 20 players, will play its first pre-final game at the home of Carlton on Saturday, August 10, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.