SUNDAY fixtures for both North Melbourne and North Ballarat Roosters means a decision is likely to be made as late as Friday on where Andrew Swallow will suit up.
Selkirk Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald said top priority was for the Kangaroos to determine how well the skipper pulled up.
Swallow played his first game back from Achilles surgery with the Roosters in the VFL against Geelong at Kardinia Park on Sunday.
Even if Swallow is named for the Kangaroos' AFL game with Gold Coast Suns at Etihad Stadium, he must still pass unscathed through a Friday morning training session.
Selections will be tough. The Kangaroos, coming off a strong win against Fremantle, already have defender Scott Thomson and midfielder Daniel Wells back available for selection.
Thomson's return could question whether the Roos still have room for Joel Tippett, or if Tippett would return to Roosters' ranks in the Victorian Football League.
Swallow chalked up 23 disposals in his long-awaited return to football, before taking to the bench, as planned, at three-quarter-time.
Post-match, Swallow told NMFC.com.au he felt good back on the field and that while his legs blew up a little, due to a lack of match fitness, he got better and better as play wore on.
North Melbourne and North Ballarat each have a bye round after this week.