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Blues weigh up shock AFL return for McGovern; Hodge wary of the ‘Clarko Show’; Smith back for Bulldogs

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But they are seriously considering handing McGovern an automatic recall as he would add an extra dimension to the Blues’ play with his intercept marking and high-end kicking skills.

McGovern impressed in the pre-season and in the early rounds, playing in a new role as a third tall defender after three modest, injury-interrupted seasons in the forward line under former coaches Brendon Bolton and David Teague.

The troops are gradually returning for the Blues, who welcomed back vice-captain Jacob Weitering last week from a shoulder injury.

Ruckman Marc Pittonet is edging closer to a return from a knee injury, but is considered less likely than McGovern to play this week. If he is deemed fit, he will almost certainly come back via the VFL.

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Forward Jack Martin must pass a fitness test on his calf, though he, too, will likely return in the seconds.

Coach Michael Voss said last…

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