COLLINGWOOD boom recruit Bri Davey says she is "touch-and-go" to face her former club Carlton at Ikon Park on Sunday as she battles a mystery shin injury.
A sore Davey must get through training and pass a fitness test on Friday night to prove she is ready to take on the Blues in what promises to be a huge clash between the undefeated rivals.
The star midfielder clutched her lower left leg in pain after a marking contest in the third quarter of the Magpies' round one win over West Coast at Victoria Park on Sunday. She didn't return.
A hush went around the stadium as fans feared Davey had suffered another serious knee injury, having missed the bulk of the 2018 AFLW season after rupturing her right anterior cruciate ligament.
Davey herself worried she'd sustained a bone break and was relieved when scans revealed she'd escaped with soft-tissue damage. However, the rare ailment has confounded the Magpie medicos, making treatment and recovery difficult.
Davey coped with a similar injury as a soccer goalkeeper some years ago when she copped a kick to her other shin.
The 25-year-old thought she'd also been accidentally kicked on this occasion until she saw footage of the incident that showed she hadn't received a knock. It's believed the damage was done as she took off to contest the aerial ball.
"The final assessment will be tomorrow (Friday) and we should probably know a bit more by then. But walking today, I'm a lot better than I was earlier in the week," Davey told reporters on Wednesday.
"It's a very odd injury, it's not common, so it's a bit touch-and-go at the moment … (The medicos) will give me every chance to get up. If I'm a chance, I'll be named and we'll see how we go from there."
Wearing a compression bandage on her sore shin, Davey said she'd wear some protection on the area on game day if passed fit.
The former Carlton captain and club champion said she'd love to play against "the old mob" and looked forward to some on-field banter.
She planned to treat it as "just another game", even though it clearly wasn't.
"I played my first three years of (AFLW) footy there and made a lot of great friendships at the club. It'll be a bit weird running out against them but at the same time I'm really looking forward to it," she said.
"It's been amazing being at Collingwood and the girls have been incredible."
Davey, who had a "little taste" of playing against some of the AFLW Blues players at VFLW level this year, is unsure about the reception she'll receive from Blues fans but doesn't expect it to get out of hand.
"A fair few Carlton supporters keep in contact with me over socials and there's a lot of support there still. There's probably a couple who might not be too happy either, but … that's what happens when there starts to become a lot of investment in the sport," she said.