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Pies' Fraser to return through VFL

11/07/2008 05:27:13 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood will ease back No.1 ruckman Josh Fraser through their VFL team as they try to have him ready for the build-up to the AFL finals.

Fraser has missed the last two games with a knee injury.

"He's playing in the VFL, he's probably missed three or four weeks now, so he needs to go back and get some condition and fitness," said assistant coach Blake Caracella.

While Cameron Wood and Chris Bryan have rucked well, Caracella made it clear Fraser still has a prominent role in the team.

Asked if Fraser was no longer their leading ruckman, he replied: "I'm not too sure about that, he hasn't played for quite a while, he's had some injuries.

"He played for Victoria (this year) and played quite well, that's probably the last game he's played fully fit.

"So we're looking forward to (him) getting back and playing well this week."

Fraser first hurt his knee while playing for Victoria in the May 10 the Hall Of Fame tribute match.

The Magpies are coming off last weekend's strong win over Sydney and have made no changes for Saturday's big match against Adelaide at the MCG.

Collingwood and Adelaide are equal-fifth, only a game and a half behind fourth-placed Sydney.

Adelaide have lost their last three games, while the Magpies beat Sydney last Saturday night to tighten up the middle of the top eight.

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