CARLTON could welcome back four players to the fold pending fitness tests this week.
Ahead of the weekend’s Easter Sunday clash with Fremantle, a number of Blues in all areas of the ground could be ready to make their returns to action.
After confirming the availability of co-captain Patrick Cripps this weekend, Director of High Performance Andrew Russell provided an update on the fitness of Jack Silvagni.
The forward was the first player in the competition to be medically substituted in 2021 after a shoulder injury in the season opener against Richmond.
“Jack Silvagni’s shoulder has settled down very well,” Russell said.
“He trained [on Tuesday] and he’ll be a test to play: he’s a really strong chance to be available this week.”
In addition to Silvagni’s return, there could be a trio of Blues who play their first games of the season this weekend.
Likely to occur in the VFL, Russell said that Caleb Marchbank, Mitch McGovern and Sam Philp were all in line to make their returns this weekend.
It’s been a long grind for Marchbank, who hasn’t been seen at AFL level since 2019, while McGovern and Philp are on the verge of returning from hamstring/back and hip/groin issues respectively.
Knee and ankle injuries sustained in the closing stages of last Thursday night's game will sideline Jack Martin and Zac Fisher for at least the next six weeks.— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) March 30, 2021
“‘Marchy’, ‘Gov’ and Philp have all had extremely high-quality training blocks,” he said.
“We’re really confident about the work they’ve done, they’re looking really good.
“They’ll be tested later this week to see whether they’re available for game play this weekend.”
|Patrick Cripps||Soreness||Available for selection.|
|Tom De Koning||Back||"We haven't quite got him back in the ball program. It looks like we'll see him back out there after Round 6."|
|Zac Fisher||Ankle||"He's got some bone stress in his ankle. We think at this stage he's going to miss around six weeks."|
|Caleb Marchbank||Reconditioning||Test for selection.|
|Mitch McGovern||Back||Test for selection.|
|Nic Newman||Knee||"He's doing a really quality running program. It's unlikely that we'll see him before Round 7 or 8."|
|Sam Philp||Hip/Groin||Test for selection.|
|Jack Silvagni||Shoulder||Test for selection.|