A STRONG block of preparation will see Zac Fisher available for selection this weekend.

Fisher sustained a syndesmosis injury in Round 1, bravely playing out the game before being sidelined for the shutdown period.

With an increase in loads in recent weeks, Fisher has taken to training well, with Director of High Performance Andrew Russell confirming the dynamic midfielder would be ready to go this weekend.

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“He’s had a really good last three weeks: we’ve put him through a performance program,” Russell said.

“He’s available for selection and we’ll see how he goes, whether he gets picked or if he plays in the scratch match this weekend — if we get one up.”

Fisher’s return comes a week after Tom De Koning’s, who emerged unscathed from Saturday’s reserves scratch match against Geelong.

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Playing the full 80 minutes of game time with no rotation, De Koning will now look to build on his performance in the coming weeks.

“He had a really good rehab with his ankle, we’re really pleased,” Russell said.

“He didn’t miss much in the end: he played a full game on the weekend with 80 minutes of game play and no rotations, so he played a lot.

“He played pretty well and recovered well so he’s in the mix. We’ll try and see if he can knock ‘Pitto’ off for that spot.”

Player Injury Update
Charlie Curnow Knee  
Paddy Dow Knee "He's not quite ready for that explosive, dynamic skills training. We hope that will be later this week."
Zac Fisher Ankle Available for selection.
Brodie Kemp Knee  
Matthew Kreuzer Foot  
Caleb Marchbank Knee "He's in a performance running block... he'll be back doing skills this week."
Nic Newman Knee