The backline leader has had two reconstructions to his left knee, but is optimistic about his movements.
“I’m definitely leaner than I was last year, and less kilograms makes it easier to run. I’m a lot more confident in the movements that I’m doing.”
Depsite his progress, Docherty won’t be rushed back into full training.
“We’re trying to take it as risk free as we possibly can,” he said.
“I probably won’t train fully until mid-January, but I’ll be in and out of certain things from day one. We’re taking as much risk out as we can before I need to put my body and knee at risk before playing practice games and getting ready for the season.”
A return for Carlton’s round one fixture against Richmond on March 19 at the MCG is still Docherty’s aim, with the defender also hoping to participate in the 2020 pre-season in late February.
“My aim has always been round one and that’s been the way we’ve set my program up, to give me the best opportunity to be ready to go and to perform, and [to have] my knee feeling as good as it possibly can for Richmond in round one.”