Injury prone St Kilda midfielder Nathan Freeman will make his return this weekend through the VFL reserves.
Freeman has managed just the two games this season with the Sandringham Zebras Development squad, where in one of the matches, he played three quarters and amassed 46 disposals in that time, before sitting out the final quarter.
The former top ten draft pick, formerly from Collingwood has struggled with soft tissue injuries since entering the AFL system, as he is highly unlikely to feature in the AFL team until the 2017 season.
"The plan is a slow one. It's certainly got enormous science, expertise and method behind the plan," Saints coach Alan Richardson said on Thursday.
"We just continue to increase his speed and his load, and he'll come in and play reserves at VFL level and then he'll build up from there.
"He's going well."
Richardson also added that talented youngsters Jimmy Webster (illness) and Jack Billings (ankle) are also a good chance to return to the senior team that defeated the Dockers last weekend.