Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has provided an update on Jordan De Goey’s injury status, saying he is a chance to return on Saturday night against Brisbane.
The 22-year-old has missed the last two Magpies games with bone stress in his lower leg.
“He has largely been offloaded but still training up off legs,” Buckley told SEN’s Whateley.
“The whole idea was to try and remove the load through the stress that was affecting his leg.
“The risk was that it was going to go further to become a crack, a break and a fracture.
“We had to be proactive with that and we are treading a bit of a tightrope with how much is enough rest, when is the right time.
“We want to play him this week and if the doctors pass him and say it is an appropriate risk to take, then he will play.
“He carried it for a couple of weeks and we made judgment calls as we want along.
“Then the judgment call was he is probably not going to get to Round 23.
“We offload for a couple weeks and you make that decision based on what’s best for him and what’s best for the team.
“Unfortunately we have lost both of those games. We still had a belief we could continue to play winning football.
“Jordan coming back in doesn’t mean we are all of a sudden we are going to win games again.
“We will win off the back of a performance of 22.
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“For Jordan, and for where he was at, we are still planning for what our best football is going to be like when we need our best football, which is this week.
“We need to pull that out.”
Buckley also said Jeremy Howe (corkie) is touch and go for this week, while Adam Treloar (both hamstrings) is still a few weeks away from returning.
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