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Star mid on light duties at Pies training session

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11: Adam Treloar of the Magpies in action during the Collingwood Magpies training session at Olympic Park Oval on January 11, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Collingwood says Adam Treloar will be right to take on the Swans on Friday

COLLINGWOOD star midfielder Adam Treloar was on light duties at the Magpies' main training session on Wednesday, just two days out from Friday night's clash against Sydney at the SCG.

The Magpies are confident Treloar will play against the Swans, saying that he and skipper Scott Pendlebury were on managed programs this week.

Treloar did not take part in a full contact, '18 versus 18' match simulation drill, instead using that time to have a kick with Jordan De Goey (who is recovering from a broken hand).

He did, however, complete some straight-line running and joined in other parts of training, including a stoppage drill where the midfielders were working on their set-ups from boundary throw-ins.

Treloar, ranked fifth in the competition for disposals per game (34), was spotted after Tuesday's training session with an ice pack on his shoulder, but Collingwood said that was part of his standard icing procedure and there were no issues with him playing on Friday night.

Small forward Jamie Elliott moved nicely during the session as he looks to play his first match since overcoming an ankle injury suffered at training in February.

Elliott, 24, was part of the VFL squad in match simulation and had a couple of nice moments, including a silky pick up and give to a teammate at half-forward and a pack mark over the top of Brodie Grundy on the wing.

Elliott managed just a half of football in the JLT Community Series, and missed the entire 2016 season due to a serious back injury.

The high-flyer looks increasingly unlikely to play against the Swans on Friday, given his lack of match conditioning, but may play in a VFL practice match against North Ballarat at the Holden Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Elliott also completed extra conditioning with Daniel Wells and draftee Kayle Kirby at the end of the training session. Wells is back in main training after a lengthy stint in rehab while recovering from a lingering calf injury. 

Despite having hip surgery two weeks ago, Levi Greenwood has firmed as an inclusion for the match against the Swans after a solid week on the training track.

Experienced midfielder Travis Varcoe is also due to return against Sydney after serving his one-match suspension from round one, with Jack Crisp and James Aish under pressure to retain their spots.

Big man Mason Cox may also return to the side to test the Swans' under-sized defence and assist Brodie Grundy in the ruck.

The Magpies fly out for Sydney on Thursday morning, with coach Nathan Buckley to front the media at Melbourne Airport at 10am AEST.