George Wardlaw is expected to return to the senior line-up for North Melbourne's clash with League-leaders Sydney on Saturday, but will need to make it through Thursday's main training session.

After collecting 23 disposals and eight tackles against Melbourne in Round 15, a training incident led to the blue-chip onballer missing the club's next two clashes against the Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast due to concussion.

Zac Fisher, who had featured in every senior game up until Round 17, missed the win over Gold Coast with a midfoot issue but will be a chance to slot straight back in if he can prove his fitness later in the week.

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Youngsters Wil Dawson (AC joint) and Blake Drury (knee) have been declared ready to go and will return to action this weekend after missing the past month.

A VFL bye over the weekend leaves senior coach Alastair Clarkson with no exposed form to pick from, and coupled with the impressive performance from the AFL side that saw it seal its second win for the year indicates that minimal changes will be made.

A handful of players will still be looking to press their claims during training though, despite the reserves' Round 14 loss to Footscray late last month.

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Midfielder Charlie Lazzaro was one of North Melbourne's top performers at Arden Street Oval, notching 25 disposals, 11 clearances and 11 tackles.

Working alongside him in the engine room was veteran Hugh Greenwood who tallied 25 possessions and game-highs for tackles (13) and clearances (12).

High-flying forward Finnbar Maley was also imposing, clunking two contested grabs and booting two majors in the greasy conditions.

Defender Griffin Logue (nine disposals, seven intercepts) made it through a full game unscathed against the Bulldogs and continues to work towards a season debut in his comeback from an ACL rupture.

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