CARLTON is set to receive an added boost this weekend, with a number of key players expected to be available for selection.
Zac Fisher is likely to slot straight back into the senior team following his late exclusion from last week’s game against Adelaide.
Fisher missed his first game for the year on the weekend after being sidelined through illness.
“‘Fish’ woke up on the morning of the game with a virus,” Director of High Performance Andrew Russell said.
“He trained today, we expect him to have a full week of training and be available this week which is a great result.”
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The 21-year-old has been a staple to the Carlton midfield throughout the year, averaging 18 disposals and kicking eight goals from his 18 games so far. Fisher has also featured in the forward line recent weeks.
Matthew Kennedy should also be available for selection this week despite rolling his ankle early in last week’s game.
Kennedy has proven to be a handy addition to a new-look Carlton forward line since returning to the senior team in Round 15, kicking nine goals in his last five games.
“Kennedy rolled his ankle early in the game. He came back on and we were really pleased with what he did,” Russell said.
“He was a little bit sore and a little bit swollen, but we expect it to settle down well and – at this stage – he’s a really strong chance to be playing this week.”
The news is also positive for defender Hugh Goddard, who is likely to make his return to action this weekend.
Goddard was on the unlucky end of a knock in the early stages of his Carlton debut in the clash with Sydney in Round 17, which resulting in a fractured cheekbone.