Richmond Tigers say Dustin Martin is bang on track to face Collingwood this weekend but fellow midfielder Dion Prestia looks touch and go for the game.
The Tigers are priced at 3/4 to make the eight and play finals in 2022 and having Martin fit and available will be key to their chances.
Martin has been back training with the rest of the Tigers group after taking a five-week break from the game on compassionate grounds.
The three-time Norm Smith medallist has been training well and all being well now looks set to make his first appearance since round one of the competition.
"Dustin's been training with us now for a week and a half," Richmond's physical performance manager Peter Burge said. "He completed quite a big session out here with the other guys who didn't have a game last week and he did a huge workload in terms of total kilometres, some intensity, some handball games, match simulation type training.
"He's looking really good to potentially be available for selection this week. We've got another main session on Thursday and all being great in that, then I'd anticipate he would be up for selection."
The Tigers face a wait to see if Prestia will be able to play in the MCG clash though. He came off during the 109-point win over West Coast at the weekend with ankle, Achilles and calf issues.
"He's actually crook today (Tuesday), he's at home, so we haven't had a chance to look at him on the track," Burge added.
"We have our main training session this week on Thursday so we'll assess him then to see where he's at, see if he can do some running or participate in any skill work, and we'll have an update after training on Thursday."