Midfielder Adam Treloar has been given the green light to lift his training intensity and is ready to join in full training after consulting his surgeon.
Treloar has joined in several of the Pies’ training drills and has ramped up his running over the past few weeks. He trained with the main group at the Holden Centre on Tuesday and is itching to resume playing.
Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh said last week that Treloar was ‘‘ticking every box’’ in his rehabilitation program.
Treloar injured both of his hamstrings late in the game against Carlton in round 14, but said last week that he hoped to ‘‘get back potentially for the first final’’.
Magpies skipper Scott Pendlebury said on the weekend that he would ‘‘certainly back [Treloar] in to get back’’ for the finals campaign.
Meanwhile defender Jeremy Howe will need to train at full pace on Thursday morning to prove his fitness ahead of the round 23 match against Fremantle in Perth. Howe, who had a procedure last week to drain a corked thigh, did little more than some running at training.
And defender Tyson Goldsack hopes to return to football in the Collingwood VFL team’s final home-and-away match of the season against Sandringham at Victoria Park on Saturday morning.
Goldsack, who had a knee reconstruction after rupturing his anterior cruciate in the final practice match of the pre-season, had hoped to return via the VFL at the start of this month before struggling with a disc problem in his lower back.
Collingwood will fly to Perth on Thursday afternoon and will get their first look at the new Optus Stadium when they train at the ground on Friday afternoon.
Any player who does not play against the Dockers will be eligible to play in the first week of the VFL finals, when the AFL has its pre-finals bye weekend. Treloar is believed to interested in playing in the VFL, but may be held back by club medicos.
The Magpies have already ruled out Jamie Elliott (hamstring) and Ben Reid (calf) for the rest of the season.