Buckley reacts to injured Pie’s local basketball appearance

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says Brayden Sier will be punished after playing a local basketball game on Monday night despite being injured.

Sier was caught playing under the pseudonym “Phill Inn” in a Diamond Valley Basketball Association Division 3 match in Greensborough.

The Magpies midfielder has missed the last three matches with a calf injury and has featured just six times at senior level this season after playing a key role in the club’s run to last year’s Grand Final.

“(It was) a blue from a young player. He made a couple of errors in the whole situation," Buckley told reporters.

“We’ve got a game to prepare for on Saturday, which he won’t be a part of. Our VFL don’t play this week so we’ve got a bit of time to sort that out.

“Walshy (Geoff Walsh) will deal with it mainly. The leadership group and myself will be involved in it, but the way we deal with it is we focus on Saturday and we worry about that when we get to it.

“I think it is a very human thing to try and sweep things away. The integrity of how we communicate with each other is more important than anything external.”

Sier, 21, is set to remain a Pie having been been offered a reported two-year contract extension.

Collingwood will look to keep its top four hopes alive when they face Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval in a twilight fixture on Saturday.