Carlton ruckman Matthew Kruezer is likely to make a return through the VFL this week, with the aim for an AFL return against Essendon in Round 23.
Carlton ruckman Matthew Kruezer is expected to make his return to football through the VFL this week with the Northern Blues on Saturday if he gets through training this week.
The 25-year-old has not played since April after undergoing foot surgery and has only managed one senior match this season.
The Blues are hoping to get Kruezer through two VFL matches, before playing him in Carlton’s final AFL game of the season against Essendon.
Carlton football operations manager Andrew McKay said Kruezer was finally ready to play after a frustrating season.
If he gets through, he will definitely play for the Northern Blues this week,” McKay said.
“He will probably only play for a half a game, but he will certainly play.
“If he plays two good games for the Northern Blues, he will be up for selection in the last game. That would be a good way to finish the season for him.”
Kreuzer has played 106 games in his seven seasons since being drafted as the No. 1 pick in 2007.