Richmond star Brett Deledio is set to miss a third week with a quad injury.
Physical performance manager Peter Burge said the club is still unable to pinpoint a return date for the 28-year-old.
“Right now he’s running flat out, he’s resumed kicking, but it’s very short kicking at this stage,” Burge told the club’s website.
“We’ll progress that over the next week.”
Deledio sustained the injury during the NAB Challenge and has not played since.
Meanwhile, Collingwood’ Travis Varcoe is also likely to miss another week due to a hamstring injury.
“I think he’s just going to come a day or two short,” Balme said.
“He’s pretty good and there’s a chance that he might play.
“But I think it’s more likely that we’ll wait until the weekend after to make sure that hamstring is fully repaired.”
Collingwood star Dane Swan is finally set to have surgery on his broken leg on Wednesday after the swelling subsided sufficiently. It remains highly unlikely that the 2010 Brownlow Medalist will return to the field in 2016.