Keeffe back on the field after knee reconstruction surgery
INJURED Gympie AFL product Lachlan Keeffe is expected to return to the field for Collingwood mid-way through their 2013 season after a long recovery from knee surgery.
The key backman has been on the mend since May last year after injuring his right knee which required reconstructive surgery and put him out for the 2012 season.
The defender is back on the training field, however he's taking things slowly.
In an interview with CTV, Keefe said he'd been working on training drills but "nothing too dynamic just yet".
In the interview, Keefe said he'd seen significant improvements with his recovery since Christmas when he'd been enjoying pain-free running and had also been able to work on kicking and slight changes of direction.
He said the plan would be to gradually move into more demanding no-contact drills and eventually work on contact drills.
Keeffe said while he had been keen to get back on the field, he'd been in "a good head space".
"Apart from finals, I reckon it's been all right," he said.
He was in good company on the injury list, with teammates Luke Ball, Brent Macaffer and Andrew Krakouer also on the bench with knee injury.
"I've had the guys along the way as well, unfortunate for them but fortunate for me to learn off your 'Caff, your Krak and your Luke Ball as well'," he said.
While things are looking bright for his season return to the paddock, Keeffe said he would be waiting on the physio's "tick of approval".
"It's still only just before eight months (since the knee injury), so I've still got a little bit to go yet."