COLLINGWOOD forward Ben Reid is still several weeks away from a return after developing knee soreness in his recovery from a calf complaint.
Reid has not played at AFL level since the round 10 game against the Western Bulldogs, with the 29-year-old missing a month of football prior to his return after sustaining an Achilles injury in round six.
Magpies football manager Geoff Walsh said Reid was still at least a fortnight away from a return.
"Ben's calf and knee have been a little bit slower than others (teammates Jamie Elliott, Darcy Moore and Travis Varcoe) with soft tissue injuries," Walsh told the club's website.
"He is still experiencing some soreness around the knee area, so we will treat that symptomatically."
Elliott (hamstring) and Moore (hamstring) are set to return via the VFL next week, while Varcoe (hamstring) will play his first match since round 10 against Williamstown at Williamstown Oval on Sunday.
Elliott and Moore have not played any football since the week of round eight after injuring their hamstrings in the VFL and AFL team respectively.
"Travis will resume this week in the VFL," Walsh said.
"He has spent a number of weeks on the sidelines, and following that week, Jamie Elliott, probably Josh Smith and Darcy Moore will all resume as well.
"They will get another full week of training in this week, and Trav will don the guernsey in the VFL this coming Sunday."
Midfielder Jarryd Blair also suffered a hamstring injury during a training session last week.
"'Blairy' will undergo the normal hamstring rehab program and we would expect that in another 10-14 days, we will see Jarryd back available for selection," Walsh said.