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Injury Update: Key Pies face tests

Injury Update: A host of tests General Manager of Football Geoff Walsh has the latest on several injured Magpies ahead of Collingwood's clash with Brisbane at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

A host of key senior players face fitness tests to determine their availability ahead of Collingwood’s clash with Brisbane at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Jordan De Goey (leg) and Jeremy Howe (concussion / corkie) will be assessed by the medical staff, as will Tyson Goldsack (knee / back), Ben Reid (knees) and Rupert Wills (hamstring), who may return through the VFL.

De Goey has sat out the past fortnight due to a leg complaint, while concussion and a corkie have laid Howe low since the opening term of the Magpies’ loss to Richmond in round 19.

“Hopefully we get a good, strong week on the track from Jordan and by the end of the week we will be declaring him fit to play,” General Manager of Football Geoff Walsh told Collingwood Media’s Injury Update.

“That will play out as the week progresses, but we expect him to put in a solid week on the track.

Click here to view Collingwood’s updated injury list.

“Jeremy will be assessed later in the week with his concussion and the corkie he suffered a couple of weeks ago.

“We will assess how he is later in the week but we expect that his rate of improvement we’ve been seeing in the last couple of days that we should have some good news by the end of the week.”

Goldsack was in line to make his return from knee surgery in the VFL last week, only for back soreness to extend his layoff by another week.

Reid, meanwhile, has not played at any level since round 10, but has responded well to a medical procedure on both knees.

“Goldy had to delay his return to the VFL. He has made a super quick recovery – a remarkable recovery – from his knee injury, but had some soreness in his back, which didn’t allow us to tick him off and give him a clean bill of health,” Walsh continued.

“That back issue is progressing quite well this week and with a bit of luck, we will see Tyson roll out with the VFL this coming week against Port Melbourne.

“Ben, we hope, gets a strong week on the track and we would be looking for a VFL inclusion this week, but, like a couple of the other boys, that will be decided later on Thursday or Friday.”

For Jamie Elliott, though, the waiting game is set to continue.

The 26-year-old sustained another hamstring injury against North Melbourne in the VFL last week, and Walsh says the club is assessing the best method of recovery.

“There’s a decision to be made there with Jamie, whether we do operate or whether we do continue with his rehab. We will know a little bit more on that particular case in the next couple of days.”

As revealed earlier in the week, Collingwood will be without Darcy Moore against Brisbane after the young defender injured his hamstring against the Swans.

“It’s not a reoccurrence; so the recovery time, we would expect we would look at the normal 21-to-28 days and just see how he progresses,” Walsh said.

“The message coming out of it is his season is far from over, so that’s the one positive we can take from that bit of unfortunate news.”

Click here to view Collingwood’s updated injury list.