North Melbourne coach Brad Scott is optimistic Jarrad Waite will be available to face Greater Western Sydney in Hobart on Saturday.
Waite hurt his hip in the final quarter of the Kangaroos ten-point defeat to Richmond last Sunday.
He is likely to be named in the North side for the Giants clash, but a decision on whether he plays won't be made until the morning of the game.
Waite's injury happened when Tigers defender Alex Rance cannoned into his hip in a spoiling attempt.
Scott says the player's pulled up well since the game against the reigning premiers.
The coach added: "Waitey said to me at the time, 'It's just a cork, I'll be right.' But it was late in the game, he couldn't function at 100 per cent, so we just took him off.
"Just watching him this morning he's walking and jogging without a limp, so I think he'll be right."
The tight nature of the AFL ladder meant North slipped three places to 10th last weekend when they went down to Damien Hardwick's side.
But they are likely to reclaim a top-eight spot if they overcome a Giants outfit whose only win in the last four rounds came against bottom side Brisbane.
Meanwhile, Collingwood are unsure how long Darcy Moore and Jamie Elliott will spend on the sidelines with hamstring injuries.
Magpies football manager Geoff Walsh says the pair will be treated 'conservatively' after being injured at the weekend.
Moore, in just his second game back from a hamstring strain, suffered the same injury in the defeat to Geelong on Sunday. Elliott picked up his injury earlier in the day in VFL action.
"The timeframe isn't a solid picture yet," said Walsh. "We'll also use that time to investigate whether there are material issues in terms of why these two boys in particular have had recurrences."
Collingwood are 27/100 to win their next game against St Kilda, who are 3/1.
The Magpies are 93/100 conceding a 20.5-points start.
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