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Injury Update: Key Pies face tests

Will Mason Cox play this Saturday? General Manager of Football Geoff Walsh has the latest on Collingwood's injury status as the Magpies prepare to take on North Melbourne at the MCG this Saturday.

A host of key players face fitness tests as Collingwood prepares to bounce back against North Melbourne this Saturday.

Mason Cox will be looking to overcome general soreness and Brayden Sier a corkie, while injured quartet James Aish, Jarryd Blair, Jamie Elliott and Alex Fasolo will be assessed ahead of the VFL team’s clash with Essendon.

“Mason missed last week as a late withdrawal with some general soreness in his upper thigh,” General Manager of Football Geoff Walsh told Collingwood Media’s Injury Update.

Click here to view Collingwood’s updated injury list.

“It seems to be settling down. We’ll see how he trains later this week but we will expect to get clearance for Mason which is good news.

“Brayden suffered what was a pretty severe corkie, and it caused him to sit out the last quarter and a half of the game, but we are pretty confident that with the appropriate rehab that we will see him be declared fit for this weekend’s match.”

Blair, Elliott and Fasolo are all in the frame to return through the state league at Windy Hill on Saturday morning, while Aish may require more time to build match conditioning.

“They all got through the modified training hitout with the VFL team last week, which was great news,” Walsh continued.

“Those boys, as of this week, are pretty much all in the return to play mode.

“Aish might need a couple more training sessions before we do clear him but we will notify the relevant people at the end of the week.

“The good news is they are all ready to go or close to resuming.”

Jamie Elliott trains with club's VFL team on Thursday night. Photo: Collingwood Media.

Of players with longer-term injuries, Ben Reid is set to resume full training in the next fortnight, while the club maintains a glimmer of hope it might see Tyson Goldsack on the field again before the season is out.

“Tyson continues to provide everyone with a ray of hope that there is an opportunity for him to be declared match fit somewhere in the next month and we’re hoping that it will happen,” Walsh explained.

“He has progressed really well from that knee reconstruction earlier in the year and he is well ahead of schedule. There won’t be any risks taken (and) we will be guided by the surgeons and medicos’ opinions.”

Click here to view Collingwood’s updated injury list.