Collingwood star Dane Swan is back doing some light running as he continues to recover from the foot injury that ruined his AFL season.
He saw his surgeon last week and will undergo another operation in October to remove surgical hardware that is helping the foot heal.
Coach Nathan Buckley said it remained unclear whether Swan would try to play again next year.
"There are some answers we can't come to yet," Buckley said.
"But it's really clear - we're really keen to see Swanny go around again and I think he's keen."
Buckley added Swan would not attempt a comeback on a whim and also would not do it if he thought it would not end well.