Collingwood forward Travis Cloke is expected to return from a calf injury for the Pies’ crucial clash with Sydney on Friday night.

Cloke trained well during the main session on Wednesday morning, completing his second week of full training.

But coach Nathan Buckley says the club will not be taking any risks with their full forward.

“Clearly he’s an important player for us, clearly we need to win every game that we’ve got in front of us to give ourselves any chance of playing finals,” Buckley said.

“We have that in the back of our minds when it comes to selection this afternoon, but we’re not going to throw anyone in who’s not 100 per cent ready to do what they need to do.

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“He’s had two really strong weeks of training on the track and we’ll speak to the medicos and get their advice on whether they feel that he’s up to speed and, if he pulls up well and we get the tick there, I won’t be stopping him from playing.”