North Melbourne midfield dynamo Jack Ziebell will be included in the Kangaroos' side for Sunday's clash with Port Adelaide, but is no guarantee to play.
Ziebell did not train on Thursday as he battles to overcome a sore shoulder sustained in a collision with Western Bulldogs defender Easton Wood during North's victory over the Dogs in round two.
However coach Brad Scott was optimistic about the courageous onballer's prospects.
"We'll name Jack in the side. He won't train today but that's not a concern. We'll give him as much time as possible," Scott said.
Ziebell has been plagued throughout his career by both injuries and suspensions, missing 31 games in just over five seasons since his debut in the opening round of 2009.
Meanwhile Scott admitted that his side was yet to realise its potential in 2014, but believed there had been signs of improvement during the second half of the match against the Bulldogs.
"We're not standing here saying we're playing our best footy but it's a step in the right direction."
Scott was adamant that the Roos would not be fazed by the Power's impressive ability to finish games strongly, exacerbated by his own team's struggles in that regard over the past two years.
Port have outscored their opponents in 18 of their 26 games since the beginning of 2013, while North were frequently overrun late in matches last season.
In 2012, the Power whizzed home with five goals in 17 minutes to overturn a 27-point final quarter deficit and prevail over the Roos.
Scott however remained bullish.
"I've got the utmost confidence in our ability to run out games."
The coach also endorsed midfielder Levi Greenwood for an increased role in coming weeks.
Greenwood has played just 11 games over the past two seasons but had a significant impact last week after coming on as the substitute, accumulating 13 disposals and kicking a goal.
"If we choose to go with a slightly different midfield structure, Levi's more than capable of playing a full game."
Scott was also confident that North Melbourne would get the first opportunity to be involved in any possible Good Friday fixture, despite the Bulldogs outlining their intentions to be involved should the concept be introduced next year.
"If and when a Good Friday game happens, we expect it to be North Melbourne v Carlton."
"It's good other clubs are putting their hands up for Good Friday football, but they might have to wait 20 years like us."