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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

40 years on: Fabulous Phil debuts

Phil Carman and Collingwood were an intoxicating mix during the mid-1970s, and on the 40th anniversary of his debut, Glenn McFarlane looks back at the beginning of one of the game's most famous careers.

11:08am  Apr 1, 2015

By the numbers: Pies v Lions

Collingwoodfc.com.au breaks down the facts and figures that help make up the story of Collingwood's 26 meetings with the Brisbane Lions since 1997.

9:48am  Apr 1, 2015



On 1 April, Director of Football Neil Balme provided an update on the injury status of the following players.

Levi Greenwood (fractured ankle)
"Unfortunately Levi has a fractured tibia. He will be six weeks or so off his foot before he can start running again, so he will be some time. Certainly long-term."

Brent Macaffer (knee)
"Brent is still obviously long-term. He’s going quite well with that recovery from the knee reconstruction but will be a while yet."

Ben Reid (soft tissue injuries)
"Ben is going very well. His training load is being managed pretty well because we are concerned about the unusual nature of his body but he is going really well. He probably won’t play this weekend but almost certainly the weekend after."

Matthew Scharenberg (knee)
"Matt is in a similar boat to Brent Macaffer, although he is probably a little bit in front of him. He is training pretty well. He’s now literally in full training, so we will just let him work through it and when he’s ready, he will be ready. Medium-term is the best way to describe it. There’s certainly no rush with him but it will be sooner rather than later."

Jarrod Witts (general soreness)
"Jarrod has done some very good work coming back from shoulder surgery. He has played the last two or three weeks. We will give him a bit of a break this week, he’s a touch sore generally, but he almost certainly will play the week after."

Clinton Young (hamstring)
"Clinton is going pretty well. He’s just about to get into full training. Because he has been off so long, however long that takes it will take, but I would have to say medium-term. He’s in pretty good shape so we are hoping it is sooner rather than later."

Collingwood's injury list explained

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

Short-term
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.

Medium-term
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.

Long-term
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 One

Watch Director of Football Neil Balme provide the latest on the injury status of several key Magpies, including Ben Reid, Brent Macaffer, Jarrod Witts, Levi Greenwood and Clinton Young.

April 1, 2015  5:19 PM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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'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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Thomas suffers tendon damage

Collingwood has confirmed midfielder Josh Thomas is unlikely to be involved in any ball work until after Christmas suffering tendon damage in his hand.

6:49am Nov 7, 2014

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Tagger's recovery on track

Brent Macaffer is one of a handful of Magpies to have successfully undergone surgery ahead of the 2014/2015 pre-season.

10:31am Oct 8, 2014

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Injury update: Four go down

Collingwood will be without Brent Macaffer and Matthew Scharenberg for the remainder of 2014, two other Magpies retain some hope of returning before the season is out.

11:05am Aug 26, 2014

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Macaffer eyes late 2015

Brent Macaffer is confident he can return before the end of the 2015 season, as the Collingwood tagger prepares for his second knee reconstruction.

5:54pm Aug 25, 2014