DIRECTOR of High Performance Andrew Russell believes Harry McKay is nearing a return from a groin injury.

After a pre-season hindered by a groin complaint, McKay has returned to pre-season training in the last month.

However, Russell said that while McKay was nearing a return, he wouldn’t be rushed back to the fold.

The Director of High Performance said McKay would continue to build his fitness base before being considered for selection.

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Injury Update | Round 1

Director of High Performance Andrew Russell provides an update on the health of the list leading into Round 1.

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“We know he had a late start, so we knew we were going to be up against it to have him ready for Round 1,” Russell said.

“He’s had 3-4 weeks of high-quality training, he probably needs another 3-4 weeks and then he’s ready to go.

“He’s in a good spot.”

Russell also ruled out Caleb Marchbank for Thursday night’s season opener, after sustaining bone bruising in his knee in the final Marsh Community Series game.

However, the news was better for his defensive partner Lachie Plowman.

“‘Marchy’ jarred his knee and he had a bit of bone bruising in that. It’ll probably take from anywhere between 2-3 weeks,” he said.

“He won’t play Round 1 but pretty soon after that, we expect to see him out there.

“‘Plow’ trained fully yesterday and will train fully tomorrow, so he’s 100 per cent.”

Russell also provided an update on Eddie Betts, who the Club announced would miss the next few weeks after a calf injury.

For Russell’s full comments, watch the video above.