Collingwood’s Head of High-Performance Jarrod Wade has provided an injury update as official match simulation and practice games draw closer.

2023 Copeland Trophy Winner Josh Daicos is progressing in his recovery from some lower leg muscle/nerve pain he experienced whilst running during the three-week break.

Following a period of down-load, Daicos has commenced a running program and should progress quickly into skills over the next three weeks while monitoring his response to training loads.

Brayden Maynard is integrating into full training, ten weeks after his shoulder surgery. After a five-week block of running, Maynard has returned to contact training and will be involved in match simulation over the next two to three weeks.

2023 Leading Goalkicker Brody Mihocek had a calf complaint prior to the three-week break and has since ramped up his training intensity. The forward is expected to be cleared for match play next week.

Young half-back Jakob Ryan experienced some discomfort with running on his return to training after the three-week break, with scans revealing minor bone bruising in his lower leg. The 19-year-old will look to start re-running this week and will be assessed on how quickly he can return to training.

Dan McStay has commenced a full lower body gym program and is quicky regaining strength through his injured knee. With it now being seven weeks post-surgery, the tall forward has begun some higher intensity bike sessions and is progressing towards running within the next four to six weeks.

Further injury updates will be communicated by the Club in the lead up to February’s official match simulation and practice matches.