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Jarrad Waite

North Melbourne could welcome back key forward Jarrad Waite from injury for next Saturday’s Elimination Final against the Crows at Adelaide Oval.

Waite, who has been limited to just two games since Round 13 due to a lingering hip issue, had surgery less than month ago but is chance to line up for the Kangaroos in their first final.

Speaking after North Melbourne’s Round 23 loss to Greater Western Sydney, Roos coach Brad Scott said the club was confident Waite would be fit to take on the Crows.

"We certainly think he's progressing well enough to be a really good chance to play in two weeks," Scott said.

The 33-year-old, who joined North Melbourne from Carlton as a restricted free agent at the end of 2014, started the season strongly and has kicked 29 goals from his AFL 14 games this season.

Experienced Roos defender Scott Thompson (adductor) is also expected to be available against the Crows.

Fellow backman Sam Wright (ankle) and tagger Ben Jacobs (foot) returned via the VFL a fortnight ago, but have been rested from North Melbourne’s past two matches.

The Kangaroos have a fresh injury concern, however, after defender Jamie Macmillan received a knee to his left hip from Giant Toby Greene in a marking contest in the first quarter of Saturday night’s clash.

Macmillan was assessed in the rooms and watched the rest of the match from the interchange bench.

Scott allayed fears of a serious injury to Macmillan, saying the club opted to take a "no-risk approach" with the utility.