Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer had a minor heart procedure last week but is still expected to play in next week’s first Marsh Community Series game.
Kreuzer missed one training session for the heart treatment but will not be sidelined for practice games.
The 30-year-old suffered an elevated heart rate in a 2018 match against St Kilda when he was tackled heavily and forced from the ground suffering shortness of breath.
Blues doctors called for the paramedics on the boundary line to join them in the rooms to treat Kreuzer but he did not have to leave the venue.
He missed three matches and was due to return to play against Fremantle in Perth in round 21 but again suffered an abnormally elevated heart rate during the warm-up, was pulled out of the match and sat out the remaining games of the season.
Kreuzer had a medical procedure at the time to manage the condition. Last week’s treatment was a further management issue. A Carlton spokesperson said Kreuzer did not undergo heart surgery last week.
He missed the first four games last year but managed to play 15 for the season and was not impaired by his heart issue.