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VFL: Scharenberg's successful return

Collingwood defender Matthew Scharenberg has made a successful return from injury in the VFL Magpies nail-biting four-point victory over Footscray at Victoria Park.

6:43pm  May 2, 2015

VFL: Magpies win in thriller

A game of football full of highlights eventuated in a four-point Collingwood victory as the side claimed its first win of the year over Footscray in the VFL on Saturday.

6:06pm  May 2, 2015

VFL: Recap an epic win

Recap Collingwood's thrilling four-point win over Footscray at Victoria Park.

4:00pm  May 2, 2015

Director of Football Neil Balme provided the following synopsis on each player in his weekly injury update on 27 April.

Tony Armstrong (toe)
"Tony suffered a little bit of pain in his knee. We think its ligamentous… he certainly won’t play this week. We hope it’s not too bad and we hope he won’t miss too much."

Levi Greenwood (fractured ankle)
"Levi has a fractured ankle. He’s coming on reasonably well. I think he’ll start running on the AlterG this week. So he’ll still be a few weeks off but we’re pretty happy with the way he’s going."

Ben Kennedy (illness)
"Ben will play (this week). We could have done with him against Essendon in the VFL on Sunday. He’s been a bit crook, but he’s done enough work now for him to be able to get away with a game. So we’re looking forward to his play in the VFL this week as well."

Brent Macaffer (knee)
"Caff is doing a lot of work. He’ll get himself right but it’ll be a little while yet before he’s ready to play. But we’re really looking forward to that."

Darcy Moore (hamstring)
"Unfortunately, Darcy, who has been going so well, hurt his hamstring. When he did it, it looked like he might be out forever. Fortunately, after another look at it, it’s not quite as bad. We haven’t got the results of the scans yet. He’ll certainly miss this week, but hopefully not too much more."

Ben Reid (quad)
"Ben is going very well. There’s no issues with the quad, he’s in pretty good shape. So we’ll train him pretty hard this week and we’ll see. Whether he plays on the weekend is just a matter of where it fits into his program. This has been a longer term issue rather than a short term so we’re very pleased with the way he’s going."

Matthew Scharenberg (knee)
"Matt is the great news for the weekend. He’s about to return and play in the VFL. Everyone should get down to Vic Park on Saturday and watch him play against Footscray."

Steele Sidebottom (broken thumb)
"Steele is going really well. He’ll more than likely get an x-ray on that thumb just to see how it’s going. If we get the good news, he won’t be that far away – probably a week or two."

Ben Sinclair (hamstring)
"Ben is working pretty hard on that hamstring. It may be a longer-term one. It won’t be the three or four-weeker. It’ll probably be a bit longer than that, similar to the one he had last year. He’s doing a fair bit of work and we’re pleased with the way he’s going."

Dane Swan (ankle)
"Dane has been wandering around with a moonboot on. He’s got a sore ankle. So we’re just trying to take the weight off the ankle. We’re very confident that he’ll be fine for this week. Moonboots aren’t always the disaster that they look like they are."

Collingwood's injury list explained

In 2015, Collingwood will be using the following method to categorise its injuries:

A short-term injury indicates that there is some chance a player will play in the VFL or AFL on the coming weekend, but it is more likely that they won't.

If a player has sustained a medium-term injury, it is considered that he will require more than a two weeks to return to the VFL or the AFL, but the club is unsure exactly how long it will be.

If a player has sustained a long-term injury, that means it will be more than six weeks until they play football at either VFL or AFL level.

"We normally talk about how many weeks players are going to miss, but we never know for sure," Director of Football Neil Balme explained.

"It’s always a bit of a guess. This stops us from saying two-to-three weeks, which then turns into 18 weeks, which can quite often happen."

Blackmores Injury Update: Round Five

Watch Director of Football Neil Balme provide the latest on the injury status of several key Magpies, including Darcy Moore, Tony Armstrong, Dane Swan, Ben Reid, Ben Kennedy, Ben Sinclair, Steele Sidebottom, Brent Macaffer, Levi Greenwood and Matthew Scharenberg.

April 27, 2015  6:29 PM

More Blackmores Injury Updates


Selection: Swan racing the clock

Collingwood will make a call on Dane Swan's fitness on Thursday and won't name him for Friday night's clash with Carlton if there is doubt over his sprained ankle.

12:59pm Apr 29, 2015


Top draft choice poised for return

Matthew Scharenberg’s journey to the top level will step up a notch this Saturday when he returns from a knee reconstruction in the VFL against Footscray.

5:29pm Apr 27, 2015


Moore injures hamstring

Collingwood draftee Darcy Moore sustained a suspected hamstring injury during his team's loss to Essendon in the VFL on Sunday.

5:13pm Apr 26, 2015


Greenwood back on his feet

Levi Greenwood is off crutches and has set his sights on running again just three weeks after fracturing his ankle.

4:38pm Apr 13, 2015


Injury Update: Witts to miss

Collingwood will tackle its season opener against Brisbane without the help of ruckman Jarrod Witts.

5:15pm Apr 1, 2015


Reid hasn't suffered a setback, insists Pendles

Collingwood scaled Ben Reid's training back this week, prompting speculation he may have injured himself again, but Scott Pendlebury says it was all part of the plan.

3:24pm Mar 25, 2015


Greenwood knocked for six

Collingwood will be without recruit Levi Greenwood in the early rounds of the 2015 home and away season after scans revealed the 26-year-old has sustained a fractured ankle.

5:26pm Mar 23, 2015


McGuire expects Greenwood to miss

Collingwood President Eddie McGuire expects recruit Levi Greenwood to miss the early part of the season due to the ankle injury he suffered against the Western Bulldogs.

9:55am Mar 23, 2015


Hurt Pie 'likely to miss weeks'

Collingwood is likely to be without Levi Greenwood for at least its opening round clash against Brisbane after the recruit suffered an ankle injury on Saturday night.

12:19am Mar 22, 2015


'It's been extremely tough', says young Pie

Last weekend Matthew Scharenberg returned to the Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo where the young Magpie was forced to put his career on hold for the second time in six months.

3:04pm Mar 21, 2015


Full steam ahead for top draftee

Matthew Scharenberg, Collingwood’s top draft choice of 2013, continues to make a swift recovery from knee surgery.

12:45pm Mar 19, 2015


'Has he done enough work?': Reid concerns

Collingwood defender Ben Reid is "a reasonable chance" to play in round one, but the Magpies won't be taking any risks if there is any doubt over his fitness, Director of Football Neil Balme says.

6:35pm Mar 16, 2015


Reid set for VFL return

Two more pieces of Collingwood’s 2015 puzzle will begin to slide into place when Collingwood’s VFL team meets Geelong in a practice match on Saturday.

6:36pm Mar 12, 2015


'Folly' to plan for Reid's return

Collingwood wants to settle Ben Reid into a familiar defensive role in 2015 once it is confident he has overcome his injury problems.

10:57am Feb 13, 2015


Magpies confident Reid will play in round one

Collingwood confident versatile big man Ben Reid will be ready to go for round one.

9:25am Feb 9, 2015


Seedsman's hip in good shape

Collingwood is satisfied Paul Seedsman's hip is in good condition after he underwent exploratory surgery on Friday because he was experiencing minor soreness in the joint.

1:32pm Jan 25, 2015


White undergoes scans

Key forward Jesse White is waiting on the results of scans after rolling his ankle at training on Monday.

11:00am Jan 13, 2015


Reid, Magpies search for answers

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury says the club will continue to search for the best possible treatment for injured swingman Ben Reid.

2:42pm Dec 16, 2014


Fresh blow for Reid

Collingwood defender Ben Reid has suffered a minor calf injury that will slow his pre-season until the New Year.

12:45pm Dec 16, 2014


Key Pies put injuries behind them

Several of Collingwood’s key players whose 2014 campaigns were ravaged by injury have made a flying start to the pre-season.

4:06pm Nov 26, 2014