Four key senior Magpies made their return from injury and rejoined the main training group during a VFL match simulation session at the Holden Centre on Thursday night.

Jamie Elliott, Jarryd Blair, Alex Fasolo and James Aish all presented strongly, taking part in a shortened game consisting of three 10-minute periods.

Elliott looked good across half forward and was creative in attack, while finishing with one behind

James Aish looks on during Thursday night's training session. Photo: Collingwood Media.

Fasolo showed his class in collecting a handball and slotting a goal from just inside 50m in his comeback from a right ankle syndesmosis issue.

Blair (hamstring) and Aish (left knee) both lined up through the midfield and contributed well, with Aish bandaged on the previously injured joint.

Alex Fasolo marks on the lead. Photo: Collingwood Media.

The quartet may require time in the VFL before coming into contention for the senior side.

Jarryd Blair looks on. Photo: Collingwood Media.

"All of them will come back through the VFL I would suspect," coach Nathan Buckley told reporters on Thursday before the match simulation.

"Whether that's in a week or in two weeks, it'll once again depend on how they take the steps as they're faced with them.

Jamie Elliott enjoys some hang time. Photo: Collingwood Media.

"All of them have trained really well. They've put a fair block of work in at training, like a mini pre-season basically, so the opportunity to come play some football tonight will be welcomed, and then take the steps up through VFL and then ultimately they'll all want to be playing AFL at some point."

Collingwood has a VFL bye this week.

Elliott last played in the seniors in round 23 last season, and has managed two matches for the seconds this year.

Josh Smith trained strongly on Thursday night after returning from a hamstring complaint in the VFL, kicking three goals against Werribee last Sunday. Photo: Collingwood Media.