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Fasolo to prove fitness for Crows clash

Two face tests as injury list shortens Hear from Director of Football, Neil Balme, as he provides an update on the injury status of the playing list ahead of the round 17 clash with Adelaide.
Alex Fasolo will face a fitness test this week as he attempts to take on Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Alex Fasolo will once again go through the rigmarole of a fitness test this week as he seeks to prove the fitness of his previously injured left shoulder.

The dangerous forward returned to Collingwood’s side against the GWS Giants after five weeks on the sidelines.

The return proved an impressive one. Fasolo kicked back-to-back goals in the second quarter, including one following an impressive one-handed mark.

However after 14 disposals, the 24-year-old spent extended periods of the last quarter on the interchange bench.

“Alex Fasolo was a touch sore at the end of the game,” director of football Neil Balme said in Collingwood Media’s ‘Blackmores Injury Update’.

“There’s no new incident to his shoulder, but he’s a little bit sore.”

Despite the concern, Balme expects Fasolo will be ready to take on Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

“We’re pretty confident that he’ll get up for this week, but he’ll need to be tested.

“We do expect him to play.”

VIDEO - Watch Neil Balme give the Blackmores Injury Update ahead of the Magpies round 17 clash with Adelaide.

The only other injury stemming from a double-win weekend is a concussion issue to young midfielder Brayden Sier.

Returning from a broken wrist against North Ballarat, Sier left the ground in the second quarter.

He didn’t return as Collingwood’s VFL medical staff opted to take a cautious approach.

“He copped a bit of a knock to the head which seemed pretty innocuous,” Balme said.

“We took him off for the second half of the game and he wasn’t too bad.

“The good news is today he’s feeling reasonably well. Given that it is a head-knock and concussion incident, we’ll be pretty conservative.

“There’s a reasonable chance that he won’t play this weekend.”

If Sier and Fasolo do pass fitness tests, Collingwood will have more than halved its injury list in the past two weeks.

Last week’s update featured 11 injured players, six players who were facing a test and five others who are long term concerns.

All six (including Fasolo and Sier) passed tests and returned to action, while Mason Cox and Levi Greenwood both were managed and sat out.

“We expect them both of them to be available to play this week. That’s good news for them,” Balme said.

The Magpies will have a seven-day break before traveling to Adelaide to take on the Crows.

CLICK HERE to read the full transcript of Balme’s Blackmores Injury Update.