Jaidyn Stephenson is expecting to be able to rejoin full training in early February as he works his way back to fitness from a bout of glandular fever.
Premiership defender Ben Reid was absent as he helps his family deal with the bushfires that have kept the north-eastern Victorian town of Bright on high alert in the past fortnight while the Magpies confirmed Darcy Moore was ill.
Dayne Beams remains away from training to concentrate on his mental health.
The Magpies weren’t spared on their return with recent draft pick Jay Rantall leading veteran Steele Sidebottom home in a time trial while Tom Phillips ran with the rehab group.
Young ruckman Max Lynch surprised with third placing in the time trial showing the athleticism that had him close to selection at times last year.
“I was nervous last night. I was struggling to sleep a little bit, but now that it’s done I feel good,” Lynch told collingwoodfc.com
“Happy with my time, so it was an all-round good result for me.”
Meanwhile Melbourne began with a three-kilometre time trial around Melbourne’s Tan track with Alex Neal-Bullen leading the group home, having been sent on their Christmas break with 100 x 100-metre sprints, while St Kilda, Geelong, Carlton, Essendon, the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs also hit the track this week.