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Aussie Rules: McKay returns to boost Carlton

Carlton have been handed a big boost with the news that Harry McKay has been passed fit to return to action against Essendon on Friday night.

The Blues are priced at 19/50 to beat the Bombers at the MCG and having their star forward available should give them a huge lift.

Speedy recovery

It looked as though the 24-year-old was set for six weeks on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery following the round eight win over Adelaide.

However he has made a quicker than expected recovery and has ticked all the boxes ahead of the clash with the Bombers.

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"He's been fairly uninterrupted with his preparation. He’s an absolute pro so that's given him the best chance to get out there," Carlton coach Michael Voss told reporters.

"He came off the operation quite well and that's always a great start, plus he was able to get into his rehab fairly quickly. He's maybe a week or two ahead of where he should be, but if you ask Harry, he always had an eye on this round.

"We're pleased he's back. We've done a fantastic job trying to manoeuvre our team around and there's been some flow-on effects, but we can get our team settled again in the front half and around the ball."

Bombers boost

Meanwhile Essendon also have some good news as Jake Stringer is ready to play following a hamstring injury.

"Absolutely he is (100 per cent)," coach Ben Rutten said. "The week off came at a good time for us to be able to get some continuity in his training. He's in good condition, well prepared and ready to go."

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