Collingwood forward Dan McStay is set to play his first competitive game of football in 295 days, when he runs out for Collingwood's VFL side on Saturday. 

After suffering a MCL strain during the 2023 Finals Series that saw him miss the 2023 AFL Premiership, McStay then suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season training in November that sidelined him for the first seven months of 2024.

McStay has successfully completed his rehabilitation and recovery and is set to play in Saturday's Round 16 VFL clash against Geelong at Victoria Park, which begins at 1:05pm.

McStay played 14 games in black and white in 2023, after crossing to Collingwood from Brisbane in the 2022 Trade Period. The forward played 161 times for the Lions from 2014 to 2022 after being drafted at Pick 25 in the 2013 National Draft. 

His first season at Collingwood saw the 196cm forward yield 20 goals, including two majors prior to injuring his knee in the Preliminary Final victory over the GWS GIANTS.

Saturday's clash will be McStay's second for Collingwood's VFL side, after he played in last year's Round 16 clash versus Footscray when returning from a finger injury.