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Cuningham nearing return

Injury update | Round 19 Director of High Performance Andrew Russell, provides an update on Carlton's injury list ahead of Round 19.

CRAFTY forward David Cuningham is a chance to make his return to football this weekend.

Cuningham has made significant progress following the knee injury that has sidelined him since Round 13.

Director of High Performance Andrew Russell gave an update on the fitness of the fourth-year Blue, who had been enjoying a career-best season up until the injury.

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“David has progressed well over the last week,” Russell said.

“He trained today, he had a really good quality training session and we’ll back him up again on Thursday and make a decision whether he’s ready to play this week.”

 

Cuningham joined Hugh Goddard on Ikon Park yesterday morning, who also made his return to the training track.

Goddard missed last week’s clash with Gold Coast after sustaining a fractured cheekbone in his Carlton debut the week prior.

“Hugh had that cheek injury against Sydney a couple of weeks ago. He’s back training today, he’s a strong chance to play,” he said.

“He needs to be tested under some game-like conditions on Thursday but he’s a good chance to play this week.”

To round out the positive injury news, first-year Blue Liam Stocker is making strides towards a full recovery from his foot injury.

Stocker made his return to football on Sunday for the Northern Blues, collecting 15 disposals in 58 minutes of game time after missing the last seven weeks.

“Stocker played his first game back on the weekend. He played 58 minutes, a nice introductory game time,” he said.

“This week he’ll play around three quarters of the game.

“He had 10 possessions in his first quarter back which is pretty exciting for him: as you would expect, he got a bit fatigued as the game went on but he pulled up really well.”

Mitch McGovern continues to work through a training block in the efforts of regaining fitness after an injury-interrupted season.