The Pies star has left training ahead of this weekend’s game against North Melbourne.
Collingwood star Jordan De Goey is in doubt for this weekend’s clash with North Melbourne after leaving early Thursday’s training with a tight quad.
The Barcelona midfielder will be assessed by a team doctor close to Saturday’s clash before making a decision on his availability.
7NEWS correspondent Mitch Clearry has revealed that Finlay Macre and Josh Carmichael will be in the qualifiers if the 26-year-old is unavailable on match day.
Cleary also reports that Collingwood will consider Will Kelly for a key defensive position for this weekend’s tournament.
Meanwhile, Collingwood’s key defender Darcy Moore has failed in an unlikely bid to be ready for Saturday’s clash.
The fact that he was able to hit select just days after his knee injury highlighted Thursday’s mixed news for the Magpies.
Jeremy Howe (illness) will return after missing the game and is a clear substitute for Moore, but utility Jack Madgen broke a thumb in training on Thursday morning as he returned from a shoulder injury.
Coach Craig McRae said Madgen would not operate for a few weeks.
There were fears that Moore would break the ACL when he was injured in last week’s win over the Gold Coast.
But this star defender had no structural damage. And he came close to proving fit for Saturday’s game.
McRae said: “He rarely goes through sessions. So we will assess that and give a thumbs up that he is ready for next week,” McRae said.
“He’s pretty close – about 80 percent … We’ll let him rest over the weekend to get better and progress next week.
“It looks like Howe instead of Moore, he (Howe) is a big part of what we do and makes us do really well.
“It would have been nice to have both of them, but… it was just preparing for the opportunity.”
McRae showed wider relief around Collingwood that Moore avoided a long-term knee injury.
“Anyone who watches the game will think ‘That’s not a good outcome for us,’” he said.
“We are very grateful that he was able to escape those structural damage.
“He’s one of those players you can’t replace. So to think he will be available in one form or another in the coming weeks is really satisfying.”
But McRae feels Madgen’s latest injury.
“He seems to have broken quite badly … This is just another setback for a man,” he said.
“He’s an amazing human being. He is always flexible.
“He’s one of those players you love to coach – he always says, ‘What do I do? I will do anything for you Play any role.’
“We must gather around him.”
Ruckman Brodie Grundy is expected to return to full training next week as he recovers from a knee injury.
McRae also expressed his sympathy for Jordan De Goey, who quietly returned last week following his latest off-field incident.
“He’s a human right? He had a lot going on. as we all know And this game is tough enough to play at your best in the best of times,” McRae said.
“So we talked about good training. good preparation.”