Ben McKay is set to retain his place in North Melbourne's side this weekend, with the corky that forced him to exit the game against Brisbane not expected to keep him on the sidelines for the clash against the Swans.

McKay, who missed the Round 2 victory over West Coast due to concussion, suffered the injury to his quad in the final quarter against the Lions and was forced from the ground where he was replaced by medi-sub, Aiden Bonar.

General Manager of Football Performance Dan McPherson says McKay is expected to close out this week's training program with no issues.

"He was a bit sore after copping a nasty knock so we decided to take him out of the game as a precaution. He's come through it really well in the last few days though," McPherson told North Media.

"He'll train fully tomorrow and we expect him to get through the session with no issues and then take his place in the team.

After suffering internal bruising following a knock to his ribs in Round 2, Tarryn Thomas has resumed light physical activity this week, however he's still some time away from playing according to McPherson.

"Tarryn is still pretty sore so he hasn't been able to do much yet. We'll continue to be guided by his symptoms over the next four or five days, and hopefully we can start to ramp up his running during that period," he said.

"After that improvement happens we expect he'll progress into non-contact training pretty quickly. 

"He's still probably another four or five weeks away from playing, but he should be able to start getting a good training base under his belt pretty quickly."

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North Melbourne has suffered another injury concern with Tarryn Thomas finished for the day after hurting his ribs

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The Kangaroos' midfield is set for a boost at VFL level next weekend, with Will Phillips and Jed Anderson both progressing their training enough to be considered for selection at reserve level.

North’s VFL program has a bye this weekend after banking one win and one loss in its opening two games of the season.

Phillips has been sidelined in recent weeks with a bout of glandular fever, while Anderson has been continuing to build his conditioning base following his late return to pre-season.

"Will is going really well. He's been able to increase his training loads really quickly over the last few days, so we expect he’ll be ready to play some part in next week's VFL game against Footscray," McPherson said.

"Jed's been able to get a really consistent training block under his belt in the last few weeks, so he's on track for that VFL Round 4 game as well."

Charlie Lazzaro played in each of the Kangaroos’ first two senior games this season, but was sidelined from all action last weekend due to a calf issue.

The second year player was expected to play at VFL level, but McPherson says the club kept him on the sidelines as a precaution.

"Charlie experienced a bit of tightness in his calf towards the end of last week. We decided to err on the side of caution and pull the pin on him playing VFL on the weekend," he said.

"He should train fully tomorrow and be full-steam ahead for next week."

Phoenix Spicer's recovery from a hamstring injury continues to progress, however the exciting forward is still in the process of increasing his training intensity ahead of his return to match play.

"Phoenix is continuing to progress well through the stages of his rehab program and he's gradually increasing the speed and intensity of his training," McPherson said.

"He's going well, but he's still probably about four weeks away from playing.

Luke Davies-Uniacke is expected to return to the side this weekend after missing last week's clash with Brisbane due to concussion.

The midfielder suffered the injury in the first quarter of North's Round 2 clash with West Coast, and has since been moving through the AFL's 12-day concussion protocols ahead of his impending return.

"Luke's ticked all the boxes in the concussion protocols. He’ll train tomorrow and should he get through unscathed will play this weekend," McPherson said.


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