Key Blues set to return to AFL training

Oliver Caffrey
Harry McKay (left) looks to be one of several Carlton players to have benefited from the AFL break

Carlton's injury-ravaged list has benefited from the AFL shutdown with a plethora of key Blues expected back at training on Monday.

The Blues suffered a triple blow in their season-opening loss against Richmond as ruckman Matthew Kreuzer (foot), defender Nic Newman (dislocated elbow) and young gun Zac Fisher (ankle) all went down.

Blues fan favourite Eddie Betts also sat out his return match to Carlton after sustaining a calf injury at training only days before the game.

But all those players, barring Kreuzer, will be raring to go for the season resumption on June 11.

Even promising tall Harry McKay is a chance to line-up in round two despite persistent groin troubles over summer.

"(McKay has) had a really good period of training, he's ready to go," Blues football boss Brad Lloyd told reporters on Saturday.

"I don't think this period has been great for anyone, but for big Harry, it's been a little buffer for him to build up his training. We're really excited about him.

"(Fisher and Newman) have been training really solidly; they've had a fair bit of time off since and they'll be back into training and preparing for round two like the rest of the boys."

Lloyd said Kreuzer was still several weeks away from training as he recovers from a fractured fifth metatarsal.

"It's a reasonable injury so (Kruezer's) a chance to return more in the back half of the season rather than early on, so he's still got a little while to go," he said.

Lloyd said he was confident the players would be ready to play despite having less than three weeks of full contact training from May 25 before their round two clash.

"That sort of timeframe has been talked about the whole way through, so the players have been training pretty hard away from the club," he said.

"We've got a pretty experienced high performance manager in Andrew Russell and we've got a great confidence in his program."