At least a quartet of Magpies players were absent from Wednesday's training session at the AIA Centre, with a bout of flu understood to have hit the club just days out from their highly-anticipated clash with Sydney.
The illness has hampered Craig McRae's squad throughout the course of the 2022 season, seeing several key players sidelined during the opening half of the year.
The health concern has only compounded the club's ongoing battle with injuries and illness, with its impact also managing to affect almost every club this year.
It seems the Magpies mightn't have avoided the bug for the last time, with 7 News' Tom Browne reporting on Wednesday that star forward Jamie Elliott was among four players absent from training this week due to illness.
The Pies have a flu going through which isn’t good.
Jamie Elliott didn’t train.
Carmichael, McCreery and Chugg also absent unfortunately.
I’m told it’s not COVID
— Tom Browne (@TomBrowne7) August 10, 2022
Star midfielder Taylor Adams remains at least another two weeks away from returning from an adductor issue, while ruckman Brodie Grundy has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to an ankle issue.
Recruit Nathan Kreuger is in line for a potential finals return this year after being placed on the long-term injury list midway through the season due to a shoulder issue.
The Magpies will venture to NSW ahead of Sunday's matchup with Sydney at the SCG, which will begin at 3:20pm (AEST).