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Ben Guthrie - AFL Media  May 13, 2018 7:38 PM

Buckley reflects on loss to Cats Watch coach Nathan Buckley address the media after Sunday's 21-point loss to Geelong at the MCG.

Collingwood will spend the early stages of the next week assessing the injury status of two key players following injuries at both AFL and VFL level on Sunday.

Tall utility Darcy Moore re-injured his hamstring in the second quarter of the club's 21-point loss to Geelong at the MCG on Sunday, with the youngster to have scans this week to assess the damage.

It was Moore's second match back after missing four matches with a hamstring injury he suffered in the Pies' round two loss to Greater Western Sydney.

That followed Jamie Elliott's own hamstring injury just hours earlier in his comeback game through the VFL, with the high-flying forward missing a month with the same injury through April.

Taylor Adams, Jordan De Goey and Josh Smith are other Magpies to have suffered hamstring injuries this season, with Smith re-aggravating his hammy in the VFL last weekend.

The Magpies were down to two men on the bench for the majority of the second half after Tom Phillips suffered a head knock when he accidentally ran into teammate Chris Mayne's knee early in the third term.


"Every team has injuries. We've had a few recurrences. Clearly Jamie today and Darcy today are issues for us. Rest assured we're not sweeping them under the carpet. We've got to find the answer to it. We want access to our best players more often," coach Nathan Buckley said.

"We're not sitting on our hands, not assessing whether we can do things better or what the mechanisms might be. And they're slightly different with each player.

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A sidelined Jamie Elliott watches on during Collingwood's win over Geelong in the VFL. Photo: Shane Barrie.

"But it is significant. We have looked at it. We looked at it as a group about three weeks ago, and we'll have another look now.

"We need to keep providing the best opportunity for players, we need to keep getting rehab right so we can get players back, and fit, and standing up to the competition."

Collingwood played three games in 11 days after the ANZAC Day blockbuster against Essendon which Buckley said was a challenge, although he also said the club had planned diligently around that.

Ben Crocker, Travis Varcoe and Callum Brown were all managed and missed a game during that period.

"Sometimes there's a bit of luck in it as well, but we'll look after what we're in control of and leave the rest to the gods," Buckley said.

Buckley said the results of scans on Moore and Elliott's hamstrings would determine how best to handle their rehabilitation methods.

"What a lot of people don’t realise is it’s a bit of a moving target. We might put four or five weeks on both of those boys for instance," Buckley said.

"If they respond well, they might come a week in, if we want to be more prudent or we feel like they need an extra couple of weeks training then it could go out to seven or eight.

"But in the end you make decisions on what's best for the player and what their signs are telling us. And we need to look at that and make some shifts or understand what the mechanisms are so that we can improve it."

Buckley said a call on Scott Pendlebury's involvement in the game against Geelong – with the skipper a late withdrawal because of an ankle complaint – was made on Saturday.