Harry McKay fine to play despite shoulder injury

Carlton forward Harry McKay will continue to play despite a shoulder injury, which coach David Teague says is a common one that many players push through each week.

According to Teague, McKay copped the injury a few weeks ago and then re-aggravated it in the first term of the Blues’ loss to Melbourne on Sunday.

Harry McKay struggled with a shoulder injury against the Demons but will be fine to play this weekend.Credit:Getty Images

The Coleman Medal-leading forward looked quite uncomfortable with the injury initially but improved as the game went on and kicked three goals.

"He is playing some really good football and I think what we've seen is he's probably struggled for continuity to get out there and play at his best over a period of time and now he has learnt his body, he understands what he needs to do. He is starting to play consistent … and throughout the week in training," Teague said on Thursday.

"Hopefully [his shoulder injury] will be a bit better this week … that injury occurred a few weeks ago and it's slowly improving so he said he pulled up from the [Melbourne game] better than he has the last two so I'd expect him to be better going into this one.

"It's in his shoulder. It's a common injury but a lot of players play with it each week. It gets slightly better and you just deal with it and what we have seen the last couple of weeks he's still been able to play a role for us.

“There’s a lot of players out there that are going through little niggles and they just put their hands up. The bigger the player, the more you talk about it.”

Jack Silvagni (concussion) will likely be available for selection against the Hawks this weekend while Jack Martin (knee) will miss another week, the coach said.

Teague also said he had no update on the contract situation of captain Patrick Cripps, despite reports he had agreed to extend his contract.

He also said he would be open to any extra assistant coaching help around him, pending a soft cap increase, in response to questions about reports that Carlton were trying to lure Justin Leppitsch to the club.

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