Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs could play his first game of competitive football since Round Two this weekend as he makes his return from a knee injury.

The 31-year-old underwent surgery to his right knee in April after aggravating an existing meniscal injury in a collision.

Crows General Manager of High Performance Matt Hass told AFC Media on Tuesday morning that Jacobs was a strong chance to pull on the tricolours this weekend.

“Sam’s progressed well, his strength and conditioning has really improved,” Hass said.

“He just needs to get through main training on Thursday to be available this weekend.”

Midfielder Matt Crouch (hip) and forward Tom Lynch (hamstring) will face tests on Thursday after missing out on Round 10 with injury.

Hass said Crouch had made significant progress in the past week but still had boxes to tick ahead of the weekend.

“He’s regained his running capabilities, as well as his kicking, running and marking is all looking really nice,” Hass said.

“However, it’s the more ballistic, dynamic movements that are the concerns at the moment so he’ll need to tick off those areas to be available.”

As for Lynch, who was a late withdrawal ahead of Round 10 with a minor hamstring injury, Hass said the forward would make his case at main training on Thursday.

“He’s done a couple of running sessions since the injury - it was a very low-grade hamstring injury so he’ll be a test for the weekend,” Hass said.

Hass also confirmed David Mackay would be available after fully recovering from the virus that ruled him out of Round 10.

Injury list as of Tuesday, May 28

Jacobs (Knee) – Available
M Crouch (Hip contusion) – Test
Lynch (Hamstring) – Test
Doedee (ACL) – Season