Collingwood's injury list explained
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."