A KEY Blue is edging closer to his return to football. 

Caleb Marchbank could be ready for his first hitout when Carlton next lines up in a reserves scratch match.

Director of High Performance Andrew Russell confirmed the dynamic defender is nearing the end of his recovery from a knee injury sustained in Carlton’s final Marsh Community Series clash in March.

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Injury Update | Round 9

Director of High Performance, Andrew Russell, provides an update on Carlton's AFL injury list.

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“’Marchy’ is training well. We don’t have a scratch match over here in Perth this week, so won’t be able to play,” Russell said.

“He is going to continue to train hard with reserves players and we expect him to play in game play next week.”

Paddy Dow experienced a minor setback during his second reserves game in his return from knee injury, receiving a knock to his medial ligament.

With no reserves game this week as the group settle into hub life in Perth, Dow is unlikely to miss any upcoming reserves matches.

“He had a minor medial ligament injury during that reserves game on the weekend against the hybrid team that the boys played,” he said.

“He wouldn’t play this week. We expect it to be a one-week injury and he will be ready to go the following week.”

Player Injury Update
Patrick Cripps Chest Available for selection.
Charlie Curnow Knee  
Paddy Dow Knee "He had a minor medial ligament injury on the weekend... we expect it to be a one-week injury."
Hugh Goddard Hamstring "A scan cleared him of any damage. We expect him to be available next week."
Brodie Kemp Knee  
Matthew Kreuzer Foot  
Caleb Marchbank Knee "We don't have a scratch match so he won't be able to play. We expect him to be in game play next week."
Mitch McGovern Hamstring "He has got a very low-grade hamstring injury. We think he'll probably miss 1-2 weeks.
Harry McKay Knee "He probably missed out on playing by one or two days. We expect him to be available."
Nic Newman Knee  
Fraser Phillips Concussion "He'll be available for the next game the reserves play."
Jack Silvagni Knee (ITB) "These are unpredictable injuries. We don't expect him to play for at least a couple of weeks."