Michael Voss post-match press conference, Carlton Blues loss to Collingwood Magpies, players returning from injury, selection, latest news

Carlton coach Michael Voss predicted a host of key players could return for the Blues’ blockbuster clash against Melbourne at the MCG on Thursday night.

Mitch McGovern (hamstring), Jack Martin (hamstring) and Caleb Marchbank (back) will be in the mix to face the Demons, and after having a tough time in the medical room recently, Voss was “absolutely” encouraged by the number of members. of their best 22 were returning from injury.

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Adam Cerra (hamstring) and David Cuningham (calf) also returned on Friday night in the Blues’ agonizing defeat to Collingwood at the MCG, however Zac Williams (tight glute) was substituted.

“We’ll separate the two because you have to look at the system and say, ‘Where does the system need to improve?’ And what phase of the game do we need to overcome to continue to reinforce the way we want to play in these types of games?’” Voss said.

“And then there’s the talent that helps your system get better, and obviously having some guys that you can add helps your system be able to execute a little better.

“So I hope there are a couple more coming back next week.”

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Adam Saad (hamstring), Jesse Motlop (hamstring) and Lachie Fogarty (wrist) still have at least a couple more weeks to go.

Voss agreed back-to-back narrow losses to top four contenders Geelong and Collingwood served as a reality check for the Blues, who are also considered in the race for top spot this year.

“Right now that’s what’s been tested,” he said.

“There is tension and good teams that have a lot of threats and a good style of football and can play it for long periods of time, will put that under tension.

“So we’re getting really important feedback for us right now. It is very clear to us. We are not looking for it. It’s very clear. Our job is just to make sure we execute longer and be more disciplined longer, play our part longer, execute those kicks a little bit more.

“When you get into games like this, the important thing is the margins. They are marginal gains. “It’s the little things you want to achieve and we’ll keep showing them to the players and we’ll keep trying to improve individually and we’ll keep trying to improve as a team.”

But Voss hinted his team was not far from producing its best football.

“We are playing good football. “We are playing very well,” Voss said.

“We also know that we have to continue to progress and I talked about defense last week, but we refer to that every week. It’s important to us every week and we have to take advantage of it because it can’t be the moving spotlight.