BRISBANE defender Harris Andrews has been given the all-clear by medical professionals to resume playing next week.
Andrews was concussed by Giant Jeremy Cameron in round 14 and suffered a small bleed on his brain that has kept him out since.
Cameron was suspended for five weeks for the incident.
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan confirmed on Friday morning that his vice-captain was close to a return.
"He was given the all-clear this morning, so he can now start doing some contact work and he'll be available for selection next week," Fagan said.
"He was a bit sick and sorry the first week or two, but he's made steady improvements since that point in time.
"You can see in his mood and his level of optimism and energy he's back to his normal self."
Meanwhile, Andrews shed light on his road to recovery since the sickening incident.
"I’ve been lucky enough to be back training last couple of weeks, doing running and weights again," Andrews told lions.com.au on Friday.
"It was little bit slow early on, still a bit sore, but it’s good to get back into it.
"I’m just looking forward to getting back out there."
The 21-year-old saw a specialist in Brisbane earlier in the week and received enlightening news.
"I had my last bit of testing on Wednesday and got the all-clear," Andrews revealed.
"I’m looking forward to hopefully finding my way back into the team [because] the boys have been going pretty good over the past few weeks, so it’ll be a tough team to get back into.
"It was a pretty scary incident for a lot of my close family, even the support that people have given them to just reassure them everything’s going to be alright has been fantastic.
"The boys have appreciated me being back, the support’s been awesome."
Brisbane is currently on a three-game winning streak after it beat the Hawks in Launceston last weekend. It is the first time the Lions have won three games in a row since rounds 13-15, 2013 - achieving the feat with Andrews on the sidelines.
"It’s been funny, I think the common dominator between us winning and us losing, I’m not there when we’re winning," Andrews said.
Josh Walker has been integral to filling Andrews’ void.
Walker has played at full-back in the past three weeks and has done an exceptional job.
Fagan said it would be a pleasant selection headache next week.
"It'll be an interesting selection conundrum," he said.
"I'm trusting Josh is going to play well again tomorrow (against Adelaide) and look forward to him playing a good strong game again."
The Lions host the Crows at the Gabba on Saturday night and will attempt to win four successive games for the first time since rounds one-four, 2010.