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Magpies quiet on Krakouer comeback
By Robert Grant
17:46 AEST Fri Jul 20 2012
Andrew Krakouer
Collingwood star duo Andrew Krakouer (pic) and Brent Macaffer may not return for the AFL finals.

Collingwood have hosed down speculation that forwards Andrew Krakouer and Brent Macaffer could soon make AFL returns from serious injuries.

The pair both underwent knee reconstruction operations in February and have recently returned to training.

Krakouer and Macaffer have stepped up their training intensity this week but it's still far from certain they'll be fit to rejoin the side this season.

Young goalsneak Alex Fasolo said the duo were well on the way to recovery but questioned speculation they would make shock returns.

"They are back and doing full contact training which is great," Fasolo said.

"We don't really know if they'll get back, we'll see how they go getting through this phase at the moment.

"There will definitely be a cautious approach. Anyone who does an ACL, you would have to take a cautious approach, but we'll see how they go.

"It would be great to have them back before the end of the year but we just don't know at this point," he said.

Collingwood face Hawthorn, who are without injured spearhead Buddy Franklin, at the MCG on Saturday in what could prove to be a preview of the finals.

Despite the absence of Franklin, Fasolo said the Hawks should never be underestimated.

"They've obviously got a lot of depth so we'll be looking to play our best footy," he said.