NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott has returned to work, but as planned won't resume match-day duties until the Roos' round 15 clash with Geelong.
Scott has been on leave from Arden Street since having back surgery in the week after North's round nine loss to Collingwood, but returned to oversee training on Monday.
The Roos is expected to ease himself back into his role over the next week or so, and won't coach North against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium this Saturday because his back is not up to flying.
He is also not expected to resume his usual media commitments until next week.
In Scott's absence, caretaker coach Darren Crocker has led the Roos to wins over West Coast and Greater Western Sydney, and a loss to the Sydney Swans.
North has held some match committee meetings at Scott's house during his absence, and the coach has been in contact with the North coach's box during games via text message to list manager Cameron Joyce.
Scott received good news last week when Tasmanian police dropped an investigation into claims he had kicked a security guard at Blundstone Arena in May.