BRODIE Kemp and Nic Newman are readying themselves to ramp up their preparations ahead of their respective returns to action.
With the duo sustaining injuries on the eve of the season, both Kemp and Newman will look return to football in the not-too-distant future with things tracking positively on the injury front.
Newman has not played since Round 2 of 2020, when he ruptured his patella tendon. The defender had returned to the full program and was partaking in match simulation drills before knee inflammation halted his return.
Director of High Performance Andrew Russell said conditioning would be the focus for Newman ahead of his return to football.
“Nic Newman is back into our footy skills program. He looks really good and his knee feels great, he’s feeling confident,” Russell said.
“We feel he needs another 2-3 weeks of that skills conditioning to be ready to play.”
Carlton fans looking forward to their first glimpse of Kemp have a definitive timeline, with the Blues to take a cautious approach with the youngster.
Following his sydnesmosis injury in January, Russell forecast 5-6 weeks of football conditioning for the second-year Blue who had his first season wiped out on the back of an ACL injury in his draft year.
“He’s back doing some ball work: as stated at the start, we thought it might be up to four months. This is because he needed to do a good element of conditioning, especially very specific football conditioning as he was coming off his ACL injury,” he said.
“We feel he needs that 5-6 week block of football conditioning to be available to play, but we’re extremely happy with how he’s tracking.”
|David Cuningham||Concussion||Test for selection.|
|Tom De Koning||Back|
|Brodie Kemp||Foot||"We feel he needs that 5-6 week block of football conditioning to be available."|
|Caleb Marchbank||Knee||Out for remainder of season.|
|Oscar McDonald||Back||"He's got a bone stress injury in his lower back... he could be up to three months out."|
|Nic Newman||Knee||"We feel he needs another 2-3 weeks of skills conditioning to be ready to play."|
|Jack Silvagni||Shoulder||Unavailable for Round 5. Recovery plan to be determined later in week.|
|Zac Williams||Calf||Test for selection.|