23-year-old Matt Scharenberg is ready to make his third return from another knee reconstruction in the VFL on Sunday for the Magpies.
The Collingwood defender looked to have put all his injury troubles behind him in season 2018 as he featured in 17 games, before rupturing his ACL in round 19 against Richmond.
Since then, Scharenberg has completed the necessary rehab and recovery to ensure that he's ready to don the Black & White this weekend against Port Melbourne.
The No.6 pick in the 2013 AFL Draft has been battered pillar to post since his arrival at the Holden Centre.
Shortly after he was drafted, Scharenberg had both of his feet operated on, before doing his left knee in 2014 - the same one he did last year - and then doing his right ACL in season 2015, meaning he's only played 31 games across six seasons.
Exciting news coming out of the Collingwood this morning. Shaz will play VFL on Sunday 🙌🏼
Hats off to him and the medical staff for the hard work and dedication they’ve put in over the last 10 months. pic.twitter.com/vEiSyuGjaN
— Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) May 30, 2019
Coach Nathan Buckley is hoping - as are all Pies fans - that Scharenberg makes a successful return to footy this weekend in his bid to return to the senior side in the back-half of the year.
As timing goes, this could prove pivotal to Collingwood strengthening their back six as casualties have started to fall.
Tom Langdon was added to an injury list that is slowly building for the Pies after injuring his knee against the Saints in round eight.
However, the Pies are likely to recall dominant forward Jordan De Goey (shin) and intercept-marker Darcy Moore for Saturday's clash against the Dockers at the MCG.
Both players were late withdrawals from the Collingwood side ahead of the St Kilda clash in round eight and didn't travel to Sydney the following week.
Fremantle ended a three-game losing streak against the Lions in a one-point win which saw Michael Walters hit the post after the siren had sounded.
The purple haze will look to add to their galvanizing win last week and take a huge scalp in a premiership fancy, at the home of football.