Carlton will have ruckman Tom De Koning and defender Caleb Marchbank available for selection ahead of their clash with Collingwood, while young midfielder Jack Carroll has suffered a setback in another injury blow for the Blues' depth.
Looking to snap a recent rut of form after claiming just one win from their past five games, Michael Voss' side is set for an enticing challenge against their arch-rivals at the MCG on Sunday.
Voss will have reinforcements at his disposal as De Koning returns from a recent head knock sustained in the VFL. After playing the opening five games of the season De Koning was demoted to the second-tier league, where he sustained an untimely concussion.
The 23-year-old has now been cleared to play two-three weeks after the setback, with Voss now needing to weigh up whether he calls on the ruck-forward to partner with Marc Pittonet this weekend.
While Voss is unlikely to make a significant change to his backline this weekend, Marchbank has recovered from a calf injury and will be in line to play, whether that be at AFL or VFL level.
The Western Australian has been a shining light in the Blues' VFL side this season and has managed just one appearance under Voss so far in 2023, coming into the Round 4 clash with North Melbourne as the tactical sub.