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Delayed starts for two stars confirmed

Buckley speaks after JLT win Coach Nathan Buckley offers his thoughts on a JLT Community Series victory over the Western Bulldogs in Moe.

Collingwood will enter its round one clash against Hawthorn without two of its biggest stars after coach Nathan Buckley ruled out Jamie Elliott and Daniel Wells.

A left ankle injury has Elliott on the sidelines while an Achilles concern is plaguing Wells.

"We're not projecting Jamie to be available. He'll probably be round two or round three. Daniel will be the same," Buckley said on Saturday.

On the plus side for the Magpies, their forward line was in good shape when they booted 16 goals against the Western Bulldogs in their final JLT Community Series game.

Alex Fasolo is over a shoulder injury and could be ready to face the Hawks.

"Faz has played a couple of games now and is ready to go if his form warrants," Buckley said.

Jordan De Goey won't line up in the season-opener after suffering a hamstring injury, while he is also serving an indefinite club-imposed ban for drink-driving.

Buckley was satisfied with the output of his forwards after they managed just 36 points against Greater Western Sydney in their opening pre-season clash.

Mason Cox was the standout with four goals against the Dogs as the Pies won by 33 points.

"Late last year, he really took some steps. Not just at AFL level but at VFL level. He really went from almost gloving them to taking them, so that was one of the reasons why we were rapt he decided to stay with us after being courted by a few other clubs," Buckley said.

"It's a reason why we've probably manipulated our structure around getting him and Brodie into the mix together.

"The two-four forward structure with two talls in Reid and Coxy or Reid and Brodie is yet to be proven, but when you see a day like today where the big fellas are used and are necessary to go down the line at times, but then surpassed at other times, there's a good balance in that."


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