MATTHEW Kreuzer could provide a big boost for Carlton at the MCG this weekend.
Having missed the past fortnight with hip soreness, the veteran has made progress on the training track this week, according to Director of High Performance Andrew Russell.
Kreuzer was enjoying one of his best seasons to date in 2019, before the injury brought him to a halt following the Club’s clash with the Gold Coast Suns in Round 18.
Russell said the 185-gamer could potentially return to the fold for Carlton’s clash with Richmond.
“‘Kreuz’ has missed the last couple of weeks with that hip: he’s feeling a lot better,” Russell said.
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“He trained [on Tuesday]: he’s got to train and see how he goes on Thursday.
“He’s a strong chance to play this week.”
Kreuzer would be a welcome inclusion for the Blues, particularly against the Tigers: an opponent he has had joy against in the past.
The big man has averaged over 15 disposals and 33 hitouts in his last three outings against Richmond.
Another who could be in the senior selection mix is David Cuningham, who made his return to action on the weekend for the Northern Blues.
Getting through his scheduled game time, Cuningham collected 13 disposals in the VFL defeat at Marvel Stadium.
“Cuningham played 78 minutes, which is what we planned for him,” Russell said.
“He moved well and pulled up pretty well: he’ll train against on Thursday and he’ll be in the selection mix.”
One player who won’t be eligible for selection this weekend is Kym Lebois, who suffered a low-grade hamstring injury in the VFL.