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North Melbourne skipper Jy Simpkin nearing return

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North Melbourne skipper Jy Simpkin is nearing a return from a concussion he sustained during his team’s AAMI Community Series clash against St Kilda earlier this month.

The Yorta Yorta star is expected to play for the Kangaroos’ match against Fremantle on Saturday at Marvel Stadium after making it through the club’s main training session this morning.

However, the 26-year-old will undergo another training session on Thursday morning and will need to be assessed further before he is cleared to play.

North Melbourne’s Head of Performance Kevin White had positive information to share about the club’s captain.

“So Jy today trained with limited contact, the next step then is to fully train on Thursday with the main group to then be available for selection,” White said.

"He had minimal symptoms, and we really graduated his program early in the first 10 days.

“Last week he then joined in to group training in a non-contact environment.”

Jy Simpkin after he was concussed against St Kilda during the AAMI Community Series. (Image: AFL Photos)

Simpkin was left concussed after a huge bump by St Kilda player Jimmy Webster on March 3, which resulted in the Saints defender receiving a massive seven-week suspension.

It was his third concussion in the space of just nine months so the Kangaroos have been understandably cautious during the recovery process.

Simpkin was subbed out of the Round 12 game against Essendon last year after a clash of heads with Sam Durham, and he missed two weeks later in the season after suffering a delayed concussion from a match against Geelong in Round 17.

“Jy obviously had his third concussion over the last 12-month period so it was a little bit slower with his return to play protocols,” White said.

"Over the last 12 months this is probably the concussion that Jy pulled up and recovered from the best.”

The Kangaroos were defeated by Greater Western Sydney in their opening round clash last weekend at Giants Stadium.

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