North Melbourne defender Aaron Hall is set to return to the senior fold this week after shaking off the ill-effects of a lingering hamstring injury.
Should Hall earn selection this weekend's clash will be his first appearance since being substituted out of the Round 5 Good Friday SuperClash with the Western Bulldogs due to the issue.
If he manages to prove his fitness in time for Sunday's home game against GWS it will also be Hall's 150th career appearance, 47 of which will have come in royal blue and white.
"Aaron Hall has progressed through his rehab, he had a couple of good weeks of training," general manager of football performance Dan McPherson said.
"We've got main training on Thursday and the plan is we fully expect him to get through it, then he'll be available for selection."
It could be a case of one in, one out of the Kangaroos' defence this weekend as key defender Ben McKay has yet again been sidelined with concussion.
McKay copped a knock to the side of the head from Gold Coast's Ben Ainsworth late in the second term on the weekend and was substituted out of the game.
"Ben McKay had a knock to the head during the game on the weekend. He wasn't feeling too bad when he came off the ground but after about five or 10 minutes he started feeling a bit funny," McPherson said.
"We did a concussion test which he failed so he won't play this week, and we obviously have the bye next week.
"We'll look to have him back Round 15."
The Kangaroos' forward stocks are set to be bolstered with two more returners, with Eddie Ford and Callum Coleman-Jones both set to make appearances this weekend.
Ford has been recovering from a foot injury suffered at training four weeks ago, while Coleman-Jones has been battling a sore quad.
"Eddie Ford has been able to put a good block of training together and we expect he'll make his return to the VFL this weekend," McPherson said.
"'CJ' has a quad injury that's hanging around a little bit. We expect he'll be a fair chance to play this weekend. Provided he gets through training on Thursday he'll be around the mark."
An apparent injury to young gun and recent Goal of the Year nominee Jason Horne-Francis is nothing to worry about, with McPherson saying it was just a case of a nasty collision in the late stages of the clash with Gold Coast.
"Jase got a whack to his Achilles late in the game and came off the ground. He's pulled up really well so there's no injury."
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