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Key players return to training

Update on Hoskin-Elliott's injury Get the latest on several key Magpies, including Will Hoskin-Elliott, who left the field with a leg injury against Essendon, from General Manager of Football Geoff Walsh. Collingwood will take on West Coast at the MCG on Sunday.

Collingwood expects a bevy of senior players to return to full training this week.

With no VFL game scheduled for this weekend due to a bye, the Magpies will give James Aish (knee), Jarryd Blair (hamstring), Jamie Elliott (hamstring) and Alex Fasolo (ankle) match simulation exposure as they prepare to return from long-term setbacks.

“The good news is we will get a number of our boys who have been on the sidelines back this week,” General Manager of Football Geoff Walsh told Collingwood Media’s Injury Update.

“Even though there’s no VFL game, we will have some full training simulation situations that those boys will be available to play in, including Elliott, Blair, Aish and Fasolo.

“They will all join in some full match simulation later in the week, so that is great news.

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“Getting through that, which we expect them to do because their rehab has been pretty strong, from then on they will be available for selection, so that is really good news.”

Blair has not appeared since playing in the VFL on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, Fasolo has been missing after hurting his ankle against St Kilda in round nine, and Aish was forced to wear a knee brace for several weeks after sustaining a PCL injury against Richmond in round six.

Elliott, meanwhile, has not played a senior game this season. He has played just two VFL games, the last of which was against Geelong on 13 May.

The quartet join previously hamstrung trio Darcy Moore, Josh Smith and Travis Varcoe as those to return to the field in the past three weeks.

Darcy Moore warms up ahead of his VFL return at Victoria Park. Photo: Collingwood Media.

The injury clouds continue to clear, for Ben Reid’s knees have responded well to the procedure they underwent last Monday, and Tyson Goldsack is making good progress as he returns from a knee reconstruction.

“The really good news is that Tyson’s surgery is well behind him now and his rehab is progressing quite strongly,” Walsh continued.

“He is not too far away from getting the all clear to resume full training.

“As we speak, he is cutting out some jumps and twists, and his rehab at the moment is going as well as it could be expected.”

Click here to view Collingwood’s full injury list.