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Injury update: Stars near return, setback for few

Jordan De Goey is likely to miss round one after suffering a minor hamstring injury while training with the VFL Magpies. Image: AFL Photos. - Collingwood,Collingwood Magpies,Jeremy Howe,Adam Treloar,Darcy Moore,Jamie Elliott,Alex Fasolo,James Aish,Daniel Wells,Jordan De Goey
Jordan De Goey is likely to miss round one after suffering a minor hamstring injury while training with the VFL Magpies. Image: AFL Photos.

As the 2018 pre-season draws to its conclusion, the Collingwood squad has welcomed a raft of senior players back into its full training program.

Available for selection this week are Adam Treloar (soreness), Darcy Moore (Achilles), Alex Fasolo (shoulder) and Jeremy Howe (calf), meaning that senior coach Nathan Buckley and his staff have 39 of the squad of 45 players with which to select the club’s JLT2 team.

The team to play the Western Bulldogs in Moe on Saturday is due to be released later today.

It is anticipated that Jamie Elliott (ankle), James Aish (calf) and Daniel Wells (Achilles) will all make their way back into the full training program over the next fortnight and, possibly, play in the VFL practice matches scheduled over that time.

“It is obviously every club’s plan to have as many of its players as possible well prepared and available for the start of the season,” said Collingwood Director of Football, Geoff Walsh.

“We’re in good shape in that regard. When you train hard for five or so months hiccups are inevitable but with round one now only a couple of weeks away something close to our strongest team is, or will be, available.”

One player who won’t be available for round one of the season is mid-fielder Jordan De Goey, who suffered a hamstring injury at VFL training on Tuesday night. Subsequent scans revealed a minor strain that, according to Walsh, will require a routine hamstring recovery period.

The 21 year-old has been training in the VFL program as part of his penalty for a recent drink-driving offence.

“It seems that the mechanics of a tackle Jordy laid late in Tuesday’s session locked his leg and he slightly over-stretched,” said Walsh.

Also joining De Goey on the sidelines are Levi Greenwood and Adam Oxley. While Greenwood is recovering from off-season kee surgery, Oxley will begin rehab after an injury to his AC joint against the GWS Giants in JLT 1. 

The rookied defender will have a delayed start to the season, and is expected to spend a month recovering.



Jeremy Howe is expected to return to action shortly, while Adam Oxley may face an extended period on the sidelines. Image: AFL Photos.