CARLTON’S forward line could be bolstered by the returns of Harry McKay and Zac Fisher this Thursday.

McKay missed Saturday night’s win over Essendon due to soreness, while Fisher returned to action for the first time since Round 1 in the weekend’s reserves scratch match.

Despite the game shifting from Saturday to Thursday night, Russell still believed that the duo were right in the selection mix.

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“Harry’s a really strong chance of playing. He trained yesterday and will train today to put his hand up,” Russell said.

“Zac’s conditioning was a bit better than what we thought it might’ve been. He’s a really skilful player and he showed that skill, but we were really pleased with his physical output as well.”

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However, the Blues - as expected - will be without Jack Silvagni for the prime-time clash with the Saints.

Russell said Carlton believed Silvagni would be available for selection in Round 6.

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“I think we saw from the vision that Jack was pretty sore at the game and quite sore the next day, but he’s recovered pretty well,” he said.

“We think that he’ll only miss the week: he should train fully next week and be available.”

Player Injury Update
Charlie Curnow Knee  
Paddy Dow Knee

"He's turned a corner. He's back doing skills: he won't play this week

but he's an outside chance the week after, depending on conditioning."

Brodie Kemp Knee  
Matthew Kreuzer Foot  
Caleb Marchbank Knee

"He's actually really fit, we just need to transfer that into ball conditioning.

We'll do that over the next 2-3 weeks."

Harry McKay Ribs "He's a really strong chance of playing."
Nic Newman Knee  
Jack Silvagni Ribs "We think that he'll only miss the week."