DUSTIN Fletcher could yet play one final game in his distinguished 400-game career – but it might not be this weekend against the Magpies.
Fletcher is aiming to play for Australia for the final time in this year's International Rules Series against Ireland at Croke Park in November.
However the 40-year-old is no certainty to line up against Collingwood in what will be his 401st and, most-likely, final game at the MCG on Sunday.
"Dustin's a lot better. His biggest problem is he hasn't done many (kilometres) so we'll see how he is," Bombers doctor Bruce Reid told the club's website.
"The biggest problem for Fletch is that he won't play if he doesn't think he can play well, but he's still keen.
"He hasn't done the work [in a normal scenario] and he wants to stay fit because he's still got dreams to be the goalie when he's 40-odd in Ireland later this year."
Fletcher has represented Australia in seven international rules games (2005, 2006, 2010 and 2014). Irishman Tadgh Kennelly holds the IRS games record with 12.
Meanwhile, Reid confirmed defender Michael Hibberd would miss the game against the Magpies after pulling up sore with knee tendinitis out of the game against Richmond.