Key pair to bolster Blues' attack in preliminary final


Carlton are set to welcome back Harry McKay and Jack Martin as they attempt to storm the Brisbane Lions' Gabba fortress in the AFL preliminary final.

Concussed McKay and suspended Martin were sidelined as the Blues surged into last four for the first time in 23 years with their two-point win over Melbourne on Friday night.

Carlton coach Michael Voss described the victory - built on "some will and grit and courage" - as one of the best where he has been involved.

But he also saw glaring issues with the Blues' attack that will need to be fixed if they are to pull off an upset against Brisbane, who are unbeaten at home this season.

"We made it hard for ourselves during that game at times," Voss said after the win.

"Contest and defence were probably keeping us in it but some of our ball movement needs some work.

"Clearly when we were going forward we just weren't connecting enough.

"It felt like we were playing the right way enough but the skill errors were there and we just lacked a little bit of connection and maybe some predictability with the ball in hand.

"We'll have to look at that pretty hard."

Voss expects McKay to tick the remaining boxes under concussion protocols in the coming days and be passed fit to play against the Lions.

The key forward was subbed out of the elimination final win over Sydney after a head knock but is on track in his recovery.

"Clearly having 'H' (McKay) up there with Charlie (Curnow) helps us a lot," Voss said.

"It just alleviates some of the things that he's got to do when he's got a mate down there that can help him out.

"One thing that I can guarantee is that if Harry's available, he'll be playing."

There were fears Carlton's win over Melbourne - their 11th from their last 12 games - may have come at a cost.

Fan-favourite Sam Docherty played out the match after dislocating his left shoulder during the second quarter, but he was upbeat on Saturday.

"From rocking up this morning, it was feeling really good," Docherty told ABC radio.

"It has decent range. I was starting to do a bit of strength work this morning and I spent some time with the physio.

"I am very confident I will be able to get there - it is all positive so far."

Voss dismissed concerns over key defender Jacob Weitering, who appeared to be battling a wrist injury and looked dazed after a heavy collision during the final term.

Blues captain Patrick Cripps also copped several big hits and was left with a blood oozing from his nose after a high bump from Kysaiah Pickett, which will land the Demons livewire in hot water.