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Training tests for three injured Pies

Sam Gastin  May 16, 2018 4:34 PM

Walsh assesses Elliott, Moore injuries Watch as GM of Football Geoff Walsh provides an update on the health of Collingwood's list, ahead of a round nine clash with St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

Three key members of Collingwood’s starting 22 will attempt to prove their fitness when the Magpies train at the Holden Centre on Thursday morning.

With Tom Langdon already declared available to return from a leg injury, Scott Pendlebury (ankle), Ben Reid (Achilles) and Tom Phillips (concussion) will also look to press their case for selection.

Pendlebury and Phillips are probable, while Reid may be another away.

“Last week was one of the few games Scott has missed in his career through injury,” GM of Football Geoff Walsh told Collingwood Media’s ‘Injury Update’.

“Ben Reid has really put some strong running sessions together. He’ll push for selection… it’s more likely we’ll see Ben available for selection the following week.

“He (Phillips) has certainly pulled up really well.

“He’s had tests during the week and is doing really well on those. We’ll have a final test tomorrow (Thursday), but we’re confident Tom will be cleared to play.”

If named, Phillips is every chance to line up against brother Edward for the first time in the pair’s respective AFL journeys. The youngest in the family made his debut for St Kilda last weekend, while Tom has averaged a career-high 25.6 disposals per game in 2018.

Meanwhile, while scans have confirmed the hamstring injuries of Darcy Moore and Jamie Elliott, return dates are yet to be determined.

Elliott returned to the bench 15 minutes into his VFL return against Geelong on Sunday, before Moore suffered the same fate in the senior game at the MCG hours later.

Walsh says the club will treat the pair “conservatively”, as they attempt to fully recover from the soft tissue concerns.

“The timeframe isn’t a solid picture yet,” Walsh said.

“We’ll also use that time to investigate whether there are material issues in terms of why these two boys in particular have had recurrences.”

CLICK HERE to read the full injury list, which also includes updates on Brayden Maynard, James Aish, Josh Smith and more.