McGovern satisfies the Blues coach when the NFL returns

Carlton coach Michael Foss hopes four weeks will be enough time to get Mitch McGovern back up to speed in the NFL Finals campaign after the defender returns from injury.

McGovern passed his first game since the second round with a 36-point win on Sunday over the GWS, showing that he has overcome the hamstring problems that plagued him earlier this year.

The 27-year-old took a hit in a marksmanship contest in the second quarter, but played the match, finishing with 10 eliminations and seven marks from 71 percent of match time.

McGovern’s focus is now on developing chemistry with fellow tall defenders Jacob Wittering and Louis Young while catching the Blues in the top four.

“We’re going to spend time building that connection and those relationships,” Voss said.

“When one goes forward, the other has to roll, who takes who and when, and that’s just something he (McGovern) will need for some time.

“We’re going to use up all those minutes that we can try to build up over the next month.”

Carlton (12-6) has just confirmed his first appearance at the Finals since 2013 and is within sight of the top four.

They face back-to-back interstate flights for matches against Adelaide and Brisbane, but they have some concerns about star duo Sam Walsh (ankle) and Jacob Weitering (cork thigh).

Both players completed a GWS match and were important contributors but will require further evaluation.

“I hope the momentum (related to injuries) that we got against us starts to shift in the other direction,” Voss said.

“I’m not here to necessarily publicize what he (Walsh) did but hopefully it won’t be too bad and he’ll be fine, both boys.”

Walsh injured his left ankle in a tackle from Callan Ward and spent time in the changing room but returned to the raucous applause from the Blues fans, finishing with 31 eliminations.

“I sighed when I saw him come back on the sidelines,” Voss said.


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