North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has dismissed the idea of resting Daniel Wells and Nathan Grima if they are '100 percent' but concedes the injured duo are unlikely to play against GWS Giants.
The Kangaroos had been hopeful Wells would make an early return against Fremantle on Sunday but the midfielder missed out for the second week in a row with a calf injury.
Despite maintaining he will pick Wells and Grima if they prove their fitness this week, Scott has conceded it is unlikely they will be ready to play the Giants on Saturday.
"They've both made very rapid progression over the last three days," Scott said on Wednesday.
"Ideally, we'd like to play them, so we won't be holding them back if they're 100 percent right to go but we'd be silly to take a risk if we weren't convinced that they had enough training under their belt."
Wells and Grima, who has not played since Round 20 due to hamstring tendonitis, will be given a fitness test on Friday.
"He's (Wells) one of those we'd obviously bring in if he's fit but he'll train little bits and pieces today and train fully with us on Friday," Scott said.
"We'll probably make a decision later in the week but there'll be an absolutely no-risk policy with him.
"He's either absolute 100 percent ready to train or he won't play, Grima is in the same boat as well."
Scott has made it clear he cannot afford to rest players against GWS after a disappointing 53-point defeat to the Dockers on Sunday.
The Kangaroos need to get back on track with just one game to go before the finals.
"We learnt some valuable lessons last week against Fremantle, some things we've got to fix up," Scott said.
"We're fortunate we've got another week before we go into the finals to get those things right."
While Scott tried to deflect the focus away from Fremantle's nine-goal last quarter, he revealed what he believes was the key to the Dockers' late blitz.
"We got beaten in the centre clearances 22-7," Scott said.
"(Todd) Goldstein was obviously off colour, so those sorts of things we think we can fix really quickly."