Collingwood midfielder Dane Swan will never regain full use of his wrists after undergoing off-season surgery.
Dane Swan at a Collingwood training session on the Gold Coast. Photo: Getty Images
Swan's left wrist reconstruction late last year followed a similar operation on his right wrist several years ago.
While Swan can use his wrists to flex his hands backwards, as can happen in marking contests or when cushioning a fall, he cannot bend them the other way.
Swan played in two of the Magpies' three pre-season hit-outs and will be available for the round one season-opener with Fremantle, but said he was still doing strengthening exercises to get closer to 100 per cent fitness.
"It's going alright, it's certainly good enough to play footy," he said.
"I'll never get full range again. I'm doing full weights now, just not as heavy as I can lift.
"The last month it's come on very well so hopefully within two or three weeks it will be 100 per cent."
The left-handed Brownlow medallist previously told of how the injury was hampering his every-day lifestyle and not just his football.
"I couldn't write, pick up pens, papers, plates. I couldn't pick up my dog with my left hand," Swan told the AFL website.
The other top-line member of Collingwood's midfield, new skipper Scott Pendlebury, said sarcastically on Thursday he was on "rapt" to have been voted by the other team captains as the man most likely to claim the Brownlow medal this year.
"I can't really do anything about it can I? I just want to win a premiership, I'll take (the Brownlow) if it comes, but I'm more worried about other things," he said.
"I certainly don't go out there to please other people. I go out there to get the respect of my team-mates and coaches.
"If I gather respect from others along the way, so be it."