Next games will not define Casboult: Bolton

Back in blue: Levi Casboult.Credit:AAP

Forgotten forward Levi Casboult's career will not be defined by how well he plays in the next few weeks as a replacement for the injured Charlie Curnow, according to Carlton coach Brendon Bolton.

Casboult's future has been murky after a difficult past season in which he managed just 12 goals in 10 games.

He will step in to fill the ruck role for the first time this season in Carlton's Friday-night clash against Sydney.

Meanwhile, Harry McKay is expected to take on forward duties, as Blues spearhead Curnow is out of commission after injuring his leg in last week's loss to Port Adelaide.

Bolton dismissed the prospect that the next few games would make or break Casboult's career.

"It's a marathon, the year, so to try to put a red line or answer that question in the first three or four rounds, it'd be foolish from a coach or anyone," Bolton said.

"Levi's determined to go well, he's been out of the side in the last month so he's keen to put his hand up.

"But I won't be defining him in the next few weeks, that's for sure – that'd be crazy."

Star ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is taking steps to a return after being sidelined for more than two months, playing a VFL intra-club match this weekend.

"Now he's in the game phase mode, which we're happy about – it's about getting enough game time in him before we make the decision to play him," Bolton said of Kreuzer.

Defenders Liam Jones and Jacob Weitering will have the job on Swans superstar Lance Franklin for tomorrow's match.

Bolton had high expectations of the club's midfield, which he called "fairly deep although young in age".

He named Sam Petrevski-Seton, Paddy Dow and Will Setterfield as supports for key midfielder Patrick Cripps.

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