North Melbourne veteran Daniel Wells looks almost certain to miss this week’s clash with Carton due to an Achilles injury and he could also miss the following week against the Swans.
Wells missed last week’s clash against Essendon with a corked quad, but has since developed soreness in his Achilles that plagued his 2015 season.
Coach Brad Scott said that the club will not risk Wells unless he is 100 per cent fit to play, meaning he could miss one to two weeks.
“We probably thought we’d get to a stage where if we had to unload him due to another injury or for whatever reason, his Achilles might get a little bit sore again,” Scott said.
“His Achilles is just not quite perfect, so I think you can all imagine how cautious we’re going to be with that.
“It’s possible he might play, but if he doesn’t do enough on the track – he’s got some tests to pass before we even risk him today – so unless he’s absolutely perfect it will probably be the match committee’s call just to leave him out for another week, maybe two.
“We’re really optimistic and we’re being potentially overly cautious and probably frustrating ‘Wellsy’ a little bit because he’s missed so much footy, but we’re determined not to turn this into something that could be more serious.”
Meanwhile, defender Michael Firrito will return to the side after being rested last weekend.