COLLINGWOOD expects to regain star Jordan De Goey for Saturday night's clash with Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.
Meanwhile, forward Jamie Elliott could be set for hamstring surgery.
De Goey, 22, had developed bone stress in a leg with fears he could miss the rest of the season.
However, football manager Geoff Walsh said De Goey was likely to bolster the Magpies as they fight for a top-four spot.
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"Hopefully we get a good, strong week on the track from Jordan this week and by the end of the week, we'll be declaring him fit to play," Walsh told collingwoodfc.com.au.
"That will play out as the week progresses but we expect him to put a solid week on the track."
Collingwood sits sixth but have the same number of wins as Melbourne in fourth and Sydney in eighth.
Spring-heeled backman Jeremy Howe should also play against the Lions.
"Jeremy Howe will be assessed later in the week with the concussion and the corkie that he suffered a couple of weeks ago," Walsh said.
"We'll assess how he is later in the week but we expect with the rate of improvement that we should have some good news by the end of the week."
Elliott was injured in the VFL more than a week ago but no call has been made how his injury will be treated.
"There's a decision to be made there with Jamie on whether we do operate or we do continue with his rehab. We'll know a little bit more on that particular case in the next couple of days," he said.
Defender Darcy Moore injured his right hamstring, the one that hasn't given him problems this season.
"It's not a reoccurrence so the recovery time, we would expect we would look at the normal 21-28 days and just see how he progresses," Walsh said.
"The message coming out of it is his season is far from over, so that's the one positive we can take from that bit of unfortunate news."
Tyson Goldsack is set to complete his remarkable recovery from a knee reconstruction against in the VFL against Port Melbourne at North Port Oval on Saturday afternoon, after his planned return was held up by back soreness, while big-bodied midfielder Rupert Wills could also line up for the reserves after a hamstring concern.
Ben Reid is also a chance to play in that game after he had both knees operated on a month ago.